Saturday, October 5, 2013

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

One wrong button and I lost the original post that I wrote up!!

I wanted to share some cards that I made with 9 wonderful ladies in my Christmas Card class Tuesday night (# 1 of 3!).  We made 10 cards, 5 of 2 different designs!  Check them out!!
The card on the right was inspired by the Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Kit  (#133827, $17.95 for the clear stamp set and the kit!).  Since the kit makes only 8 cards, and I needed supplies to make 45, I decided to case it instead!  I think I sold a bunch of the card kit that night though!  Why not?!  So easy and cute!!  (I used the Subtles DSP stack and the Polka Dot Parade DSP instead).

The card on the left was definitely inspired by Pinterest.  If you search "Special Season", you'll definitely find it.  Lee Conrey from "Stampinglee Yours" was the original creator.  I needed to simplify the card so I eliminated the original gorgeous bow and didn't put so many pearls or rhinestones on mine (I think she colored her rhinestones red to make them show up better than the clear ones did above!).

Anyway, I have to go to bed after working all night but I'll be at work later, designing next week's card class with the flip-it thinlits!!


P.s.  Check out these adorable puppies I acquired about 1 month ago!!  Mickey is the teddy-bear like Shihpoo and Minnie is the bundle-of-cuteness Yorkichon.  They're getting a haircut (their first!) this afternoon!  I hope they stay cute!!  By the way, I'm using them as my excuse for not blogging lately -- they're a handful!! 

Have a wonderful day!!  Get in your craft room and create!! Share that passion!!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Post-Convention Pictures!!

Well, I got back from Convention over a week ago and immediately went back to work!  3 overnight shifts at the hospital really wiped me out!  It was wonderful to see that so many of my long-time patients were able to make it home while I was away!  That's the thing with Bone Marrow Transplant patients.  Sometimes they're with us for months at a time!  We become family and very close to several of them. 

Anywho, I thought I'd share one picture from Convention that was so special to me.  I've now been with Stampin' Up! for 5 years and got to walk the stage to celebrate!  My friend and side-line, Margaret, got some pretty good pictures so I thought I'd share one with you.

There I am!  Larger than life!  Don't I look like a celebrity?!

Speaking of "celebrities", I met several while in Salt Lake City!  I was staying in the same hotel as Ann Schach!  She gave an impromptu homemade "bow-cheesy" demonstration with a handmade tool to create the perfect bow!  She even shared some of her past special cards with us in place of swaps since she's been so busy showing her dogs! 

Then, I sat RIGHT BEHIND Patty Bennett!  Woohoo!  Shout out to Patty -- she was as personable in person as she is on her blog!  I have a picture that Angela took of all of us (Patty and Cindee Wilkinson, plus me leaning over so it's not very flattering of me -- ignore that!).

 We went to the Gala event after Awards Night and I got my picture taken with Sara Douglass, Shelli Gardner's daughter!  Both ladies, Sara AND Shelli, are so classy!  Love their style! 

Then, I went on to meet Ronda Wade personally.  I've communicated with her for months online (I'm in her Business Training group) but it was wonderful to finally meet her up close! 

I think that's all the Convention pics right now.  I have oodles of swaps but haven't even had a chance to sort through them!  I know ... what's taking so long?!  Maybe when my family and I go to Lake George for a long weekend this coming weekend, I could take them along to start planning card classes for the next few months!!!  That's the beauty of being a demonstrator ... I have made several new friendships and most demonstrators just LOVE to share!

Until later ...


Friday, July 12, 2013

Getting ready for Convention!

Want to know what I've been doing lately....?!  There was Lyndsey's dance recital, end-of-school teacher gifts, work, and ... getting ready for Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention!  Yay!  I've never been and have no idea what to expect!  This is SU's 25th Anniversary so they've promised an over-the-top 3 day party!  I thought I'd share glimpses of some of my swaps that I've been busy planning, creating, mass-producing, bagging, tagging, organizing ...!!

So ... here's your sneak peek!  I'll be posting daily starting on Monday or Tuesday with the full details of the card and the swap!  Can't wait to see what I get back!!

These two cards are for the Black and White Swaps I'm a part of!  I heat-embossed the first card and dry-embossed the second one with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool!

Maybe I'll wait until tomorrow to show you sneak peeks of the next cards so you come back!!

Until then,
keep stampin'!!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Viewmaster Cards!

Hi all!  I know! It's been forever again!  I have been stampin' but I've been terrible about posting!  Trying to catch up, all new intentions, again!  I wanted to share with you the project I created for the most recent U Stamp with Dawn and Friends Cool Moves.  If you haven't signed up or heard of this,  you can subscribe to this fabulous group:  40 projects with complete tutorials from fabulous designers (I was privileged to be invited back as a Grand Guest Designer this go-around!) all available to you!  You can sign up for this here!

Anywho, here's a photo of my project, the Vintage Viewmaster Card.

I made both a horizontal and vertical card using the new Postage Collection hostess stamp set from the 2013-14 Catalog.

If you want to own this stamp set, contact me to schedule your own private party or stampin' class with your friends/family!  It's absolutely the best way to earn this stamp set without spending all of your own hard-earned cash!! 

Happy stamping!!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Getting ready for Mother's Day!

Hi all!

Another quick post today.  I wanted to share one of my Mother's Day cards (I used it in a class earlier this week!) as well as another card made with a stamp (and other products!) that's retiring.

I absolutely love this single Just Thinking stamp.  It's a single stamp that's in the current spring mini catalog. I'm going to give you a close-up in a second, but just want to explain a few quick details about the stamp.  You can perfectly, easily cut this stamp out with the coordinating Window Frames framelits that were introduced in the holiday mini -- thankfully, these were and still are being carried forward! 

 There's a tiny brad in the center of the design at the top of the stamp -- IT'S GOING!!  Get your brads in all of the color family soon!  I'm not sure what I'll do without these brads.  Love 'em!  The DSP is perfect for dad or grad -- Parker's Patterns.  Yep, in the spring mini and leavin' shortly!!

Now on to my Mother's Day share:

I simply adore these coordinating products from the spring mini:  the Dress Up framelit, the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts, and the Card Base Pop 'n Cuts.  What I didn't know until searching out Karen Burniston, the designer of Pop 'n Cuts, on You Tube is that the card base is interchangeable with other Movers and Shapers Dies or can be used as a unique card base for other cards!  Love it!!  By the way, as far as we can tell right now, the small flower trim shown at the waist of my card front is NOT being carried forward!  I cut the "mirror" for the inside of my card using the silver glimmer paper and one of the framelits from the Apothecary Accents Framelits collection.

*Just a note -- the inside sentiment shown below is a non-SU stamp.  I got it years ago at a small out-of-the-way scrapbook store tucked in the middle of nowhere in central NY state.  I'm very close to my mom and I love what the sentiment says!! I wanted to fit everything in this card so I made a little "hinge" (top right photo) for the back of the card so that I could say "for my wonderful mother" (from the Delightful Dozen stamp set -- NOT leaving yet!) but still fit the beautiful sentiment stamp shown in the photo below.

My mom is going to take one look at this card and say that it's "not her" I'm afraid. She doesn't dress up in fancy clothes or wear sophisticated makeup --  I hope to convey to her that although she doesn't dress up and go out on the town often, she's still so beautiful to me ... especially on the inside!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

If you want to purchase any of the items from the spring mini catalog or retiring products, please visit my store!  I'd love to provide you with the customer service that you deserve!!


Just Thinking (wood) 129940; Delightful Dozen (clear) 122652, (wood) 122650,

First Edition (retiring and already gone!); Parker's Patterns DSP 131021; More Amore specialty DSP 129309, Silver Glimmer Paper 124005

Other Products:
Big Shot; Card Base Pop 'n Cuts 130099; Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts 130100; Dress Up Framelits Dies 130101; Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies 129021; Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies 127003; 3/16" Regals Brads, 5/8" Flower Trim

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Countdown to Retirement!

I want to share an adorable card we made at Rachel's workshop last week. (Yay, Rachel!  You got some great free stuff!)

This cute card uses the Oh, Whale stamp set and it's not going forward into the new catalog!  Nope, not the stamp set or the fun clearlit!  I loved using this set!  So perfect for the "Great BIG Thanks" you want to send to someone!

Better get it before it's gone! 

p.s. There are a bunch of other accessories not included on this card that coordinate:  The Sunshine and Sprinkles paper, the Cute Clips, and even the Oh, Wave jumbo stampin' wheel!  Click on this link here to be brought to the whole product suite page!
Happy Whale Clearlits Die 129403

Oh, Whale clear-mount stamp set 129132


 Thanks for visiting today! 


Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter "Egg-stravaganza" Class!

Tomorrow is my annual Easter Treats card class and everyone is always excited to attend these specialty classes!  I finished designing the 3D projects and thought I'd share them with you!  I need to make a disclaimer now: Angie Juda was the inspiration for the matchbook treat and the box treat so I thank her for helping me figure out the measurements (in her videos!).

The little box is 2 1/4" high after scoring (a 1" score line").  It was perfect for the new Ears to You single stamp available till the end of the month in the Single Stamps category!  All the little bunnies are a different pattern and SO easy to color individually with my markers!

I ADORE the little milk carton!  With it's handy mini clothespin closure, ANYONE can get at the treats!  I made a belly band of the Polka Dot Parade Marina Mist DSP -- 7" x 1" I believe.  So easy!  The final accent was a smoo-oooshed soda pop top -- I put it in the Big Shot on Tab 1 (the middle tab) and smushed away!  It's so silvery with its fine finish!  The middle is an image from Spring Sampler -- how does one decide which one to make in that huge stamp set?  I guess you just make more ... one of everything!  There were so many cute images to choose from!  I colored the individual parts with my markers and then punched it out with the 1" round punch.  I attached it with some dimensionals but a glue dot would work too -- it's too raised up to do with snail unless you snail around the edges.

The little matchbook treats hold an M&M or Skittles treat pack -- I stamped the images from Everybunny and colored them in with markers and my blender pen.  Again, the instructions came from Angie Juda's site if you want to duplicate these! 

I'm still working on cards but I can't wait for tomorrow night!  We'll make it a party!  Wanna come?!  Just comment or email me -- I live about 20 minutes North of Boston and I'd love to have you!!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Secret Garden Cart

I was asked to be a guest designer for U Stamp with Dawn and Friends for this session: Grow Creative Love 2013.  Each session has a different them or focuses on a specific catalog.  Well, this session has the bonus of two catalogs!  I just love the sets and paper in Sale-a-bration this year (I think I said that last year too! LOL!) and I adore all the stamps and papers and accessories in the mini catalog. 

I chose to make a box of cards that looks like a Garden Cart.  I used the Secret Garden stamp set with the matching framelits.  The box holds 6 cards  -- each one is different.

Here are some photos of my finished project:

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Some Winter Cards to Share

Well, we survived Nemo here in Boston -- my kids are back in school even if Boston is still out today!  The snow has to go someplace and most multi-lane roads in the city (not the major highways thankfully!) are still one lane each way.  I had to work all weekend -- Luckily I had Friday night off, but spent all day Saturday shoveling, preparing to get the car out of the garage and onto the road.  The weather is starting to warm up but there is significant piles everywhere.  Merging onto the main highways is tricky with the high banks but at least traveling is safer now.  We ended up with about 24 inches -- hard to guestimate with the wind which drifted things. 

I never did share the winter/snowman cards we made in class a few weeks ago.  I had one lady come this week yet to finish up a kit so the cards/stamp sets were out, making me want to share them with you. 

I used the Stylin' Snowfolk and Snow Much Fun stamp sets for 3 of the 4 cards.  The last card was made with the retired (it was the adorable set in the Holiday "Mini" catalog) Wonderful Winterland stamp set. I used the Northern Flurry embossing folder for 2 of the cards -- just love those big snowflakes!!

Lots of cutting with these cards but boy, were they fun!!  I especially love my "Mr. & Mrs." card top left and the front Winterland fun card.  It almost reminds me of the neighborhood this past weekend except that the snow was a bit deep for sledding.  It was great snowman snow though!  We didn't make a snowman but my son had a blast making snowballs and hitting the house or us while he was supposed to be helping us shovel!!!  I'm thinking the card at right is what a snowman will be looking like in the next few days here -- not exactly a heat wave but above freezing every day during the day never-the-less. 

Enjoy your day! 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Paula, Paula Paper Pumpkin Purchaser...

As soon as I heard this title, this catchy poem ran through my mind:

 Peter Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her! 
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well! 
Instead, I'm changing it to:
Paula, Paula Paper Pumpkin Purchaser
Had no craft room so thought she couldn't keep it!
The supplies arrived in the mail in the Paper Pumpkin box,
And there she kept it very well!  
(Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Do you have any idea where I'm going with this one?  Well ... that brings me to the exciting announcement shared at Leadership this past week!  Starting in March, there will be a monthly subscription for Paper Pumpkin, a box full of goodies automatically arriving at your door monthly, on a recurring payment subscription service!  
Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pin-able projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Want to know how YOU can get it?!

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

Check out my photos of the welcome kit and the try-it kit:
 The box I got, which isn't EVEN as fancy as the one you'll be getting!

The try-it kit.  If you aren't sure (Hello?!  Is there a question that it might not be as great as it looks?!!) and you want to check it out, just click on the Try It tab on

The welcome kit which includes a complimentary block for you.  This kit makes 4 full-size cards and even includes envelopes and buttons to embellish!!
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • If you decide that you want to skip a month, just go to the PaperPumpkin website and find the hold button (that's supposed to be there!).  If you want to stop at any time, you aren't committed to anything beyond the month you've paid for (although payments will be recurring and you have to actually stop the subscription).
  • Run ... sign up now so you won't miss a thing! 
 How fabulous, in the winter months, when you can't make it to my stamp classes because of weather and short days, but you can still create!  Love it ...!!!  The first month, you're going to receive a welcome kit which comes with a complimentary block.  Sounds pretty great to me!  
That's all for today ... more announcements tomorrow!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Back from Leadership!

Wow, what a weekend!  What a journey!!  My day started on Thursday with a 4:15 a.m. alarm!  Yikes, that's early!  But ... I'd been awake for an hour already ... so excited!  The car came to pick Marilyn (my upline) and I up at 5 a.m. and we were off! 

We arrived in Orlando midday on Thursday to 80° sunny weather!  That proved to be challenging in our uphill walk over the highway to Convention Center!  Wow again!  What a huge place!!  The weather stayed nice for the entire time -- sun, stars, people by the pool in the hotel. (Not me!  We didn't have a moment of down-time!)  I returned home yesterday (Sunday) -- the taxi was waiting downstairs for Marilyn and I at 3:45 AM!  Next time I need to plan in some down-time!!  At least it's sunny here, but it's unfortunately not even 50° here in Boston today!

I wanted to share a couple of photos with you:

 Here's Shelli Gardner -- doesn't she look fabulous?!  And she didn't even feel well!! 

It was very dark here, but this is me in my pj's at the Stampin' Under the Stars Pajama Party.  I won a give-away of the Ciao Baby! stamp set and the adorable matching punch!  Yay!  By the time the event was over, I had added 5 pounds of give-aways to my suitcase on my return trip!!  WOW!

I met people this week. Old friends, and now new friends who will probably become good friends! We laughed, cried, learned, shared ... What an amazing experience.  And all this to make me a better demonstrator for YOU! One of the classes I attended was Ramping Up Your Social Media Presence by Andrea Withers.  She had 3 fabulous speakers share all sorts of great information that should help me share with you!  Blogging (that's why I'm back and will continue to be regular!), FaceBook (what a fantastic tool), and YouTube (where you'll probably find a tutorial on how to search YouTube for a tutorial! LOL!) 

I hope to share some swaps soon. (I brought 130 and came home with an almost equal number!  Fabulous full cards and card fronts that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks!)  If you're a customer and live nearby, feel free to stop by this Wednesday night to check out my swaps!  I'll be here, prepping for next week's card class:  Winter Fun, featuring the Snow Much Fun and Stylin' Snow Folks stamp sets.  Stay tuned!