Monday, June 27, 2016

SItting Here…


Doesn’t this scene just look inviting?  I love the doggie sleeping on his bed and the sweet little bird sitting on the swing (err.. this was supposed to be a swing, but I extended my porch too far and ended up with a bench instead!)  I wish I was sitting there now enjoying the warm summer sunshine.  Instead I recently learned that my in-laws and sister-in-law will be here next week.  Eeeekkkk!  I’m happy they are coming, but I’m also feeling the stress of trying to get things ready for their visit.  I’ve been working for days to straighten closets, drawers, and cabinets.  There is much more to do with the organization and then the actual cleaning will need to begin.  That said, my craft room will be closed for the next 2 weeks.  That makes me sad since I’m in the mood to create cards.  Actually I’m considering pulling out a Paper Pumpkin kit while they are here so we can all do some simple crafting together. 

So, check back here after July 8th for an update.  Maybe I’ll have photos, maybe my house will still be clean, and maybe I will have had the chance to make a project to share with you! 

Happy Stampin’! 

PS – Mark your calendars, the next Cards & Coffee event will be on Sunday, August 21st at 2PM.  Let me know if you can make it! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Watercolor Stamping Fun

Here is a fun way to use your stamps.  Be sure to watch the follow up video to learn to make a "Magic Card."  Happy Stampin!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Rainy Oregon Morning


I was awaken this morning by a flash of light and the sound of rolling thunder in the distance.  While Oregon sees a fair amount of rain each year, surprisingly we almost never have thunderstorms.  This is a huge contrast to what happens in Florida where it’s common to have a thunderstorm every time it rains!  I think I’ve gotten used to being in Oregon where I’m not usually hearing those sounds because when I hear the thunder now, it startles me.  The dog isn’t very fond of storms either.  If he was small enough to slip under the bed, I think he would have been there this morning.  Instead he sought shelter under the table in my craft room. 

Here is my swirly card inspired by the storm.  I don’t often use dark gray and bright colors together, but I think they work here by giving such contrast.  This “Swirly Bird” set seems to have endless possibilities for crafting.  It was fun to turn the circles into flowers by adding some small leaves. 

Take shelter in your crafty space today.  Crafting will make a even a gray day into a cheerful one!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cards & Coffee–Today!

Are you local and joining me for my card class?  If so I’ll see you today at 2 PM.  If you wish you were closer so you could come, I have a video for you to stamp along with me.  I’m using the Love and Affection stamp set, but if you have a different floral-themed stamp, that would work well too. So make yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and grab your supplies.  It's time for card crafting.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

$5 Paper Pumpkin Deal ends Tomorrow!


What a sale!  Stampin’ Up is offering new Paper Pumpkin subscribers the chance to get their first kit for only $5 shipped.  That’s a $15 savings! 

The fine print:

*This offer is only valid until 10:50PM PST on Friday, June 10, 2016. 

*This offer is only valid for new subscribers.

*This is a subscription, not a pre-paid membership.  After your first month, you can cancel or skip future shipments, but you must make that decision prior to the 10th of every month or you’ll be charged.

*There is no obligation to continue receiving shipments, so you can cancel at any time.

*After the June shipment, future shipments will cost $19.95 each month

*Paper Pumpkin is always a surprise & that’s part of the fun!  Each month you will get something crafty in your mailbox.  It could be a kit for cards, it could be a home decor item, it could be a project such treat bags.  It’s always different.  The card kits are my personal favorite. 

I’ve been a subscriber for the past two years.  I enjoy the excitement of getting my box every month.  Sometimes I make the projects the very same day!  Other times I save the box for when I would like to craft while on the go (it’s a great thing to take to a hotel when on vacation or even to a scrapbooking crop.)  If this sounds like something of interest to you, now’s a great time to try it out.  Let me know if you have any questions.  If you’d like to sign up, here’s the link:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Paper Makes Everything Better!


Here are some cards I’ve made in the past.  All these cards have something in common?  Can you figure out what it is?  I used Designer Series Paper on all of them and not just any paper, but the paper from the Paper Stacks.  Using paper makes it easy to finish a card and adds so much to the final project.  I love these paper stacks because the patterns of the paper are clean and do not distract from my stamped images.  There are words, dots, stripes, and mini-flower designs in the paper stacks.  I love them all!  The stacks come in color families and cost $22 each.  Considering there are 6 color families, that means in order to buy all the papers you would have to spend $132.  Ouch!  The other issue about buying all the stacks is that you have LOTS of paper.  I use my designer paper in moderation.  I rarely use more than a 2” piece on a card and I bet some of you do the same, which means you probably don’t need 240 sheets of 12x12 paper for card crafting.  So what’s a crafter to do?  Share the paper!  You could buy all the paper and cut it apart into equal pieces and share it with your friends.  Or you could share it with me!  I am buying all the paper and cutting it up into more manageable 6x6” pieces.  Would you like to purchase a share?  I will be dividing up the paper into 8 shares and the cost will be $18.  If you live out of town, I am happy to ship the paper to you for $6 (or $24 total.)  You’ll be receiving one 6x6” square each of 2 double-sided designs (the words & dots are on one sheet and the stripes & flowers on the other) of the Brights, Regals, Subtles, and Neutrals (80 sheets) and two 6x6” squares for each of the 2 double-sided In-Color collections (40 sheets.) 

The choice is yours!  You can get 240 12 x 12 pages for $132 or you can share the paper with me and get 120 6x6” squares for $18.  Shares are limited and are first-come-first served.  You may mail me a personal check or send me Paypal funds to

Let me know if you would like to participate & share this paper!      

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Very Special Day!

The day is finally here!  The items from the 2016-2017 catalog are now available!  Eeekkk!  I am so excited.  Demonstrators were able to order some items ahead of time, but I have SO much more on my wish list. 

I’m sharing a card I made using the Pop of Paradise stamp set.  My friend is having a birthday later this week and I made this card for her special day.  I thought I would share it with you to celebrate the new catalog since that's a special day too!

Here are some important announcements as the new catalog begins:

During the month of June, orders over $350 will receive $35 extra in hostess rewards!  (That means $77 in hostess $$$ to use on anything you want!)

Also during June, you might want to sign up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator like me!  New demonstrators get $125 worth of merchandise of their choice for only $99.  Plus during the month of June, you get to select TWO extra stamp sets for free.  What a deal!  I'm happy to share all the details.  Let me know if you're interested.

The June Hostess Code is:  7NQC3ZGB

Finally, I am doing a Designer Series Paper share this year for the color family stacks.  I will post more info about that within the next week.

Happy New Catalog!