Category Archives: Anything but a card

Little love from home

Little love from home

Well it is here—The week of love!   Apparently in other parts of the world, Valentine’s Day is really just for you and your significant other.   But we all know, from preschool on, in THIS country we share the love .   Parties in school are a BIG deal (Truth:  I sent my daughter to school sick when she was in 3rd grade because she couldn’t stand missing her “party”.   It may be too late but I do apologize to anyone she subsequently infected!).   You send valentines to everyone–whether you liked them or not!

It appears that the sweet treats that used to accompany those little cards have been replaced by sugar-free, gluten-free, fun-free pencils but we still insist on sharing the love on Valentine’s day.

I have 2 kiddies in college.   I am always looking for a reason to send some love from home.   What better reason than Valentine’s Day?  (Side note:  Both colleges contacted me to see if I would like to pay them to send my kiddie a package of love–Let me tell you–NEITHER school would have packaged up something this cute!)

So here is what they are getting (Spoiler alert if either are reading this):

(**The box is filled with sugar, gluten and fun)


The milk carton is pretty easy to make and I used the pattern from Pootles here.

As I said, I have 2 kids so I needed to make 2.   As I couldn’t decide which colors I wanted, I made them opposite:


Painted with Love Specialty DSP has this great gold foil accent in it (tough to see here but the “yellowish” hearts are actually gold.   So I cut out some gold foil paper for the “YOU” on the milk carton-y box and the stripe across the card.   IMG_7749


To make “YOU” stand out , be different than everyone else!  KIDDING!  To make “YOU” stand out, I cut out 2 images and layered them together.   I used those new A-DOOR-able mini dimensionals on the back.


By the way, the “YOU” is from a FREE Sale A Bration thinlits die set, Celebrate You!   You can get his set of thinlits FREE until the end of March when you place a qualifying order.    Check it out here.

The inside of the card is simple and I left lots of room to write my message.

IMG_7751There is NO reason to hold on to your designer paper–there WILL be more.  It really adds a nice touch to the inside of the card….and you don’t have to write as much!

Thanks for stopping by.   Please feel free to contact  me with any questions or supplies you might need for your own paper crafting.



Super Bowl Hostess Gift


It is a big week here in New England.   Our Patriots are going to the Super Bowl (cough, again).   I will not get smug about this.  I know lots of people hate the Patriots.   BUT–regardless, I think you will  like this adorable project inspired by the talented flutterbyheidi.   I made  her original project and loved it so much I thought I would create a Superbowl 6-Pack as well.  Check it out here:IMG_7678



This is created with the adorable new bundle, Bubble Over .

If you haven’t yet checked out the bundle, let me tell you why you need it:

  • It is a great set for kiddies.
  • It is a great set for men.
  • You can make beer bottles out of this.

There are very few stamp sets that can do all that!   This is a bundle you will be glad you have and use it for a long time to come!

You can order it here.

If you do have it already, why not make a little hostess gift for the Super Bowl  Party you will be attending this weekend…even if that hostess is YOU!

Thanks for stopping by.

Go Pats (cough-again).


FREE Essentials Gift Pack AND a Free Stamp Set??? You must be kidding!


But I am NOT!!!   When you get the Starter Kit this month, not only will you get $125 worth of anything you want in the catalog but you will get these goodies for FREE!   Just to let you know, they ARE essential and they are worth $52 (altho some would call them priceless!).


PLUS 2 “D” stampin’ blocks!

But wait—there is more!

You will also receive a FREE stamp set, Carols of Christmas for FREE!!th_carols_xmas_flyer_jun2017_us

And–it gets better!  You can use preorder the framelits that go with this little beauty of a stamp set as part of your starter kit!!!

Check it out here.

Going forward, you will receive a 20-25% discount on merchandise for as long as you are active.   Now–who wouldn’t want this?

Ok–I know I sound like Billy Mays but this is legit!!   IT is a great deal!  Whether you are new to stamping or have been with Stampin’ Up! in the past, it just might be the right time to get that starter kit!!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.  You won’t be sorry!


Onstage Swag and Upcoming Class

Onstage Swag and Upcoming Class

I had the chance to attend the “local” Stampin’ Up! Onstage this past weekend in New Jersey with a great group of my team.  There were hundreds of demonstrators at our location and thousands throughout the world getting their first glimses at the new catalog!   Here are some of my team winning prizes:

I know you are dying to see the stamps they won but we couldn’t disclose this top secret info so they had to hide it…or we would have to kill you.  And nobody wants that!  In any case, the new catalog goes “live” in January…just on time for Sale A Bration!  That is the happiest time of the year where you get free stuff for spending $50 or more on stamp stuff that you were going to buy anyway…..”so if you don’t know, now you know” (My nod to Hamilton!).

Look at that table!!!   Clearly experienced stampers–Diet Coke and more sugar than should be allowed in NJ!!  Good  Great (!)time had by all!

If you don’t have a demo and would like a copy of the catalogs, just message me below and I will be sure to get you one!

In the meantime, check out what we are making next week at my Holiday Stamp a Stack!  If you are local and want to come, click here to pick your session.


If you are in need of any supplies, just click here .  Happy to help you out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Have a Cuppa and Feel Better

Have a Cuppa and Feel Better

Last week at my demonstrator team meeting, we did a few make and takes that used the sweet new paper pack, Have a Cuppa.   This  comes in a pack with 48 seats of 6×6 double sided paper.  This size paper is perfect for so many things but seemed to be screaming to be made into a little tea treat holder.

Years ago–many, many years ago, I learned to make a diaper fold pouch.  It is EASY and requires no adhesive.  You can see a quick tutorial here.  So easy, right?   So now that you know how to do it, why don’t you gather some of that paper you have been hoarding and make a bunch.   If you use a 6×6 square, they are the perfect size for a small treat.  Given the it is cold and flu season, I decide to do a bunch using the Have a Cuppa paper and keep them on hand to leave whenever I see fit.

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(Just so you know, I did NOT touch the tea bag—It is individually wrapped , albeit in clear plastic.  I am aware that nobody want me touching their tea bags!—That is how they got sick in the first place!)

I made a bunch!

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Just a head’s up.  I don’t have the inside scoop but I could put money on the fact that is great stamp set, Sassy Salutations, will be retiring at the end of May.  It has been around for a while and is a fun font greeting set.  I use it all the time –mostly because accuracy is not required with this one.  If you are interested in it, I would get it sooner rather than later, friend!

Here is what the whole set looks like and here is where you can get it.

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Thanks for visiting.

Splatter Technique–better for cards than mirrors!

Splatter Technique–better for cards than mirrors!

Happy Monday!

Before I forget, I want to remind you that my BOGO Sale is happening in my garage NEXT Saturday! If you are a stamper–you want to be here! Not only do I have hundreds of stamp sets to sell (don’t judge me!), I have Big Shot accessories, DSP, cardstock, ribbon,etc, etc, etc! I was “organizing” this weekend and forgot about all the goodies I am selling! Click here for more details and to RSVP.
Did you see that Blood Moon last night??! So fantastic! And CREEPY!

Speaking of creepy–check out the card we made at my monthly stamp clubs this past month:

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Do you see those white dots?   This morning, while brushing my teeth, I noticed a LOT of those ~~~in my mirror.  I think  this splatter technique is a much better technique for a card than for my bathroom!

IF you are interested in how to get this technique on your card, it is simple.  Mix up a bit of White Craft Ink refill with some water.  I used an aquapainter but you could do the same with a paint brush.   You want it slightly watery–think 1/2 & 1/2 consistency.   Then, with your aquapainter or paint brush, sort of flick it onto the card (I had previously sponged Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss ink onto White Cardstock to get the creepy cloud cover).  Then–let it dry.

Now–if you want this same effect on your bathroom mirror–use Colgate—not craft ink!

Stamp Set:  Among The Branches

Ink and paper:  Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Basic Black

Other:  Spiderweb Doilies, 2″ Circle Punch, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch

Silver and Gold….Silver and Gold—Time for a snack!


Do you remember watching Rudolph as a kid?  Remember the scene when Sam (?) the snowman starts singing Silver and Gold?   Do you remember getting up to get a snack?   It is not a bad song—and there is NOTHING wrong with Silver OR Gold….but it is, admittedly one of the most boring parts of that show!

In any case, today, Stampin’ Up? has released a new batch of deals for this week and it includes–Silver and  Gold!  These really are some fantastic products and will be great for your holiday crafting.  The Gold Glimmer Paper—So very sparkly!!!  You can’t go wrong.  And the Silver Glitter…..stunning!!  Pair it with any of the blues….or white and you have got yourself one gorgeous …..craft(Not sure what you are making with it but it will be BEAUTIFUL!).

My other favorite on this list is the Vanilla Satin Ribbon.   It will be a perfect match with the new retro feel designer paper that you can get….starting on September 1st!!!!  What ???  You don;’t have a catalog yet???   Let me fix that!  Leave me a comment below and I will get one to you!


Stop by my “store” here for all of your Stampin’ Up! needs.
And good luck getting that Silver and Gold song out of your head now!

1/2 Priced Paper Pumpkin–TODAY!

1/2 Priced Paper Pumpkin–TODAY!

I know, I know!  I have been a negligent blogger.  If it helps, let me tell you that it is not only my blog I have been neglecting—I have also been a negligent cleaner, corresponder,  and gardener, just to name a few.

I returned home from the Stampin’ Up! Convention a couple of weeks ago and was on a ROLL to get things accomplished.   Somehow, however, my plans got waylay-ed by lots of other “shtuff “.

I wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already received it, your new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog (Hand Made Holidays) should be arriving at your doorstep any day now.  If you don’t get it, please, please leave me a comment or contact me and I will make sure to get you one.

There are so many fantastic new products to keep you busy all fall!   I labored over what to order first and what could wait.    It was not easy!   Perhaps, just perhaps, I went a bit overboard on what I needed FIRST.   Ah well–occupational hazard.   In any case, my order should be in shortly and I will have lots to play  work with to create samples for upcoming events.   Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I need to tell you about this promotion that you DON’T want to miss.  Perhaps you have heard of Paper Pumpkin?  Perhaps not.  Perhaps you got it at one time but no longer receive it?   Listen up—I have seen the next 2 months and I think you are going to  be pleased!!!   And what will be  even more pleasing to you is that the first 2 months (month to month subscriptions only) are 1/2 price when you sign up before September 10th—-BUT don’t wait that long!   If you sign up today (August 10th), you will be sure to receive the August kit (in the next week and a half or so) as your first month.   Did I mention it was GOOD?   (Right, I did).


How do I do this, Betty?

Glad you asked–go here.  AND be sure to enter the code: HALFOFF.


Note:  this is for new subscribers–so this might be the time you want to sign up your sister, daughter, mother, son, or husband—-You get the idea!  In order to be new subscriber–you will need a new email.

Once you fall in love with the first 2 months, you might want to do a 3 or 6 month  prepaid subscription –be we can talk about that later.  For now–go sign up (and please list me as your demonstrator–THANKS!).  You won’t be sorry!

Spring always follows winter….except during the ice ages!


Ok–I know I have been away for a bit.  I was actually far away–in St. Croix!  I just want you all to know that there are parts of the world that look like this right now—as you read!:



I tell you this not to make you jealous but to give you hope!   Spring always follows winter….well, except during the 5 known ice ages.  (If you really want to, you can read about it here…but I wouldn’t!  It will just depress you!).  And even then, I bet there was an “Ice Age Spring”!

But—I am back with no where to go but my stamp lab!  So you can expect new posts regularly.   Today I have some weekly deals to tell you about and then some MORE exciting news:

First the deals:

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Yup!  All of these are on sale through next Monday night!   If you are part of one of my clubs, you can add these to your club orders.  If you aren’t part of one of my clubs, let me know you are interested and I will see what I can do for you.  If you just want to order and not be part of a club–I got cha!   No worries.  Just click here and I will take care of you.

Ok–now for exciting new news!   Stampin’ Up! has ADDED additional free items that you can get with qualifying orders ($50) during the month of MARCH!  Want to see:

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I know!  I can’t stand it either!   You MUST see this delicious stack of vellum paper!  You can’t appreciate it here.   You will have to see it in real life!   For sure, my events next month will feature it.  I hope you are coming to something.  If not, let me know and we can arrange a little get together so you can play with these fantastic new items!

Until next time, stay warm!



Set your alarms! Year end close out!


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You read that right!  Up to 80% off products….and some are Christmas products—just in time to finish up your holiday crafting!….or get started on next year’s!   In any case, this all begins at 2:01 am EASTERN time~   So—if you work 3rd shift or if you have insomnia—it is your lucky day.  If not, you might need to set your alarm early as “supplies are limited”  and I don’t want any sad crafters out there.

You can order directly from my website here. (Use hostess code:  2UZCY2ZV–except for Alice’s Club –You should use 4H9W77SX)  That way, your order ships directly to you right away.

Happy Stampin’! (like there is any other kind!)