Silver Award Necklace

Have you recovered from your turkey coma?  Today I am spending the day with my daughter and her friend shopping some of the sales and then we will start to decorate for the holidays.  This is my favorite time of year.  Do you have a favorite season or holiday?





A few weeks ago, I received this along with a box of goodies.  It arrived right before the OnStage event too, talk about perfect timing!  It’s so pretty (much prettier in real life!).  Stampin’ Up! has recently changed their titles and structure.  My new title is “Silver” and I was awarded with this beautiful necklace.  Are you considering a new part time job and want to do something you really love!  Stampin’ Up! could be the answer.  Whether as a hobbyist or as a business, I welcome anyone who would like to be on my team.

Stampin’ Up!’s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get

  • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products!
  • A business supply pack valued at $50!

That’s a total value of $175!


A 20 to 25 percent discount on all Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. It’s a great way to support your love of stamping, paper crafting, home decor-whatever your passion may be! Extra income based on your sales and recruiting-just how much extra income is up to you!

Posted on : Nov 27 2015
Posted under Friendly Friday |

Dropping in to Say Hi!


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and what a better way to simply say hello!  Today’s card is a fun and fabulous joy-fold card.  It is a basically two intersection cards that are adhered together.  Hopefully the measurements below for this card will make sense.




Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Base (Soft Suede): 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 3″
  • DSP: 5-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, 4-1/2″ x 2-3/4″, and 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ – cut 2 of these
  • Soft Suede: 8″ x 3″, score at 4″
  • Old Olive: 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ – cut 2
  • Whisper White: 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″



Once you have your card put together, the last thing to do is adhere the leaf to the top left corner.  I used a glue dot to adhere to the DSP piece and just tuck the corner under the tip of the leaf to secure the flap.


My project supply list:

Posted on : Nov 25 2015
Posted under Cards, Fun Fold, Photopolymer |


When this stamp set was unveiled at Stampin’ Up!’s Convention, I will be honest with you while I loved the name of this stamp set, I I just didn’t think it was my style.  Well, I started seeing some samples of it on Pinterest and it changed my mind and I ended up ordering it!  Who knew?  Sometimes you just have to play with a stamp set to fall in love with it.  I hope this card today will help you fall in love with it too!  Having the matching punch makes such a difference when you’re paper crafting.  No fussy cutting here!  Did you know that the sentiments of this stamp set “Grateful for You” and “Thankful” match the Bitty Banner framelits?

Do you have the Acorny Thank You on your wish list?  If not, trust me when I say, you want to add this one.  It’s a great stamp set for this fall and you will find a lot of uses for it, no doubt!




My project supply list:

Posted on : Nov 23 2015
Posted under Big Shot, Cards, Photopolymer |

White Christmas – Team Stamp It Blog Hop


Hello there and welcome back for the Stamp It Group’s blog hop ~ Christmas Holiday!  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Oksana Semenska’s blog.  If not and I’m your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.  Since it is the holiday season upon us, how about a special giveaway!  Please read all the way through this post, you will not be disappointed, I promise!


To celebrate the Christmas holiday that is quickly approaching, I used a few of my favorite things, (1) stamp set (named by our very own Tami White) and (2) the Hearth & Home Framelit Dies.  This sure makes the perfect winter scene come alive with the shaker card technique.  I stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper and then punched out a 1″ circle with a post-it note to create the moon, then sponged around it with Soft Sky ink. Yes, this is a bit over the top and one that I would not mass produce, so someone very special will be receiving this one of a kind lovely hand-made card.  Hum, now to think who is deserving of such a treat?


Here is a close up of the “snow” outside the window as well as the Christmas greens in the window box.



Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will continue the rest of the way around our hop!  Up next is the fabulous Siara Acdal!  I know she has something great in store for you all today!





OMG!!  Have you seen this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit yet?  It is simply amazing!!  Well hang onto your mittens as you now have a chance to win your very own!


give away


Here is the low-down:
In order to enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and and include ‪#‎stampitcontest‬

  • 1 entry per blog, but you may enter on everyone’s blog.

Winner will be announced on December 10!  Good luck!


GOTTA HAVE IT? Please click on the Stampin’ Up! product images below for more details and easy, on-line shopping. A printable supply list is available as well!

Posted on : Nov 21 2015
Posted under Big Shot, Blog Hop, Cards, Christmas, Photopolymer |

How many firsts do you get?

Happy Friday everyone! Before I begin with my recap of last week’s Stampin’ Up! event, I would like to take a moment and thank my wonderful blog followers for their kind emails that they sent me last week following my post last Friday.  It truly means the world to me to have you in my life and I while I craft for my own sanity, I keep this blog for all of you.  Ready to hear about last weekend’s First ever OnStage event?


This last weekend was the very first global OnStage event.  They were held across the world – USA, Brussels, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  I attended the local event near me (San Diego, CA).  I worked a half day and then headed to San Diego.  The traffic was terrible, if you have driven in Los Angeles, you know what I am talking about!  I did stop along the way (south of Camp Pendleton – Marine Corp Base Camp) and took these photos.  I did take a selfie to send to my hubby and daughter but since I suck at taking them, I am choosing not to share that one!  : )  Do you know the trick to take those?  If you do, please share!




Can you believe these tables? Love that purple, okay this picture really does not do it justice!!  Do you see the sequins scattered all over the tables?? It looked even more magical in person.



Take a close look at the photo below.  Do you recognize something in the background?  If you know what it is, please leave me a comment and I will send to you one of my make and takes from the event.



I had an absolute pleasure to spend the day with my side-line in the Team Stamp Group, under Tami White.  Bonnie is from Fresno and drove down with her husband, I won’t complain about my terrible traffic commute south considering how far they drove!



There was a fun area with a backdrop and signs to have your pictures taken, so here we are, the official event photo!




There were some recognition’s during the day for milestones, sales, incentive trip earners, etc.  I was shocked to see my name on the screen for the 10-year anniversary as I walked across stage at this past summer’s Convention in Salt Lake City.  So what the heck, right?  I walked again!  There were 10 of us that were in San Diego who reached this milestone.  WooHoo!!





One of my favorite moments of the day is when they showed a video-fed of Rich Jutkins from the OnStage Live event which was held in Brussels stamping!  Yes, men do stamp!



Here is the card that he stamped.  It is a hostess set called Love You Sew, which will be offered in the upcoming Occasions Catalog (January 5-May 31, 2016).



Then, he explained that the first time he made the card he wasn’t paying attention while he had a pair of scissors in his hand and this was the result.  I think it is perfect, especially for this stamp set/card, wouldn’t you agree?


This is how prize patrol works.  Usually after each presentation the staff member on stage will announce that it is time for everyone favorite part.  I mean who doesn’t like free stuff, right!  There is a drum roll and then they show what the winner will receive.  After some hype, they finally announce what color is the winner.  It is fun to see everyone’s excitement when this happen, even more so when it is an all-attendee giveaway!



Here was my color pin that won!  Yea me!!


Everyone in attendance went home with two free stamp sets from the new catalog as well as a pack of specialty DSP.  But, there were also Prize Patrols!  We received one of 8 different color pins.  If they called our color, we won.  I think I counted that only 6 or 7 of the colors were called.  But, I’m thrilled that every single person sitting at my table won a Prize Patrol – which meant we all went home with three brand new stamp sets!  I even won a prize from the You Crew for knowing some Stampin’ Up! trivia!


Here’s a photo of all of the loot we received:  Canvas Tote Bag, Gold Water Bottle, Occasions Catalog, Sale-a-Bration Catalog, Stampin’ Success (an amazing demonstrator-only magazine), journal, Stampin’ Up! pens, three stamp sets, specialty DSP, and 4 Make & Takes featuring products from four of the new product suites.




I will leave you with a funny story.  I pulled out of the convention center to get onto the freeway to head home and wouldn’t you know it, I turned right instead of left and ran into a ton of people!  I was perfectly safe taking this photo as I was stopped in bumper to bumper traffic through the Gas-lamp District.



Have a great Friday everyone!

Posted on : Nov 20 2015
Posted under Stampin' Up! Events |

Happy Umpteenth Birthday


Last weekend I was in San Diego attending the very first OnStage event that Stampin’ Up! is now offering to align globally with all of the SU! locations.  This is a jacked-up version of what SU! used to host called Regionals.  While attending any SU! event, swapping is always fun to meet new people and get new ideas.  This was my swap card.



My project supply list:

Posted on : Nov 18 2015
Posted under Big Shot, Birthday, Cards, Stampin' Up! Events |

Oh What Fun Cards

Earlier this month, I was asked to teach a class using the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit, see the post here.   The hostess asked me to create some cards as well and these cards are CASED from Simone Bartum that I saw on Pinterest.  Thanks Simone for the fabulous idea!  I love when I am crunched for time to create something, Pinterst is my go to for plenty of ideas (sometimes too many)!


I only used a few extra supplies not found in the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.  See below of the supplies that I used.










My project supply list:

Posted on : Nov 16 2015
Posted under Cards, Christmas, Photopolymer, Stamping Kit |

Playing Catch-Up

Hi Everyone!  I know that I have not posted on a Friday for a while and hopefully this post will explain things (it’s all good)!  Earlier this year, I had to scale back my volunteer activities with Girl Scouts as I started working.  The job I was doing was okay and it was temporary.  I was fortunate to get my foot in the door and sort of ease back into the workforce.  After the assignment came to and end, I was interviewing quite a bit but nothing came about.  So I attended Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention with the hops that I would receive a call back from a recent interview.  Well, I did get a call back but it was to let me know that they offered the position to someone else.  You know the saying, “all good things happen to those that wait”, or “it wasn’t meant to be”.  Well come mid-August and in a matter of 5 days I had a phone interview, staff interview and a final interview with the owner.  Then two days later, I received a call that I landed the job as the Office Manager for a small-boutique insurance premium audit firm and I started the very next day!  Hello, talk about a whirl-wind!

Here is my office and furry office mascot.

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Fast forward to Halloween, Lauren is doing well in high school and enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to the football games.  She recently got her braces off.  As if she was not a pretty girl already!  This year Paul finally said that he will dress up for Halloween and the costume would Cat in the Hat.  So what better than to dress up as Thing 1 to accompany him in passing out candy!  He was such a hit that many neighbors and strangers alike asked him to pose for a photo with their small kids (too funny).  So here we are for Halloween 2015.

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I am working a half day today and then heading down to San Diego for the first ever OnStage Stampin’ Up! event.  Stay tuned for the recap next week.


Posted on : Nov 13 2015
Posted under Friendly Friday |

To Honor Those Who Have Served

In honor of Veteran’s Day today, I am sharing this card that I received from Dawn Miller while attending Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.  A BIG thank you to all of my family and friends who have served in the military!


Here is the supplies that Dawn used to create this card:

Posted on : Nov 11 2015
Posted under Big Shot, Cards |

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit

The title of this post says it all!  The holidays are quickly approaching (too fast in my book) and this is the prefect time of year to gather some friends and make something special!  Last week, a good friend of mine hosted a class showcasing this tag project kit and oh! what a great time we had!  This kit makes 30 tags (3 each of 10 deigns) and includes everything you need (except, ink, adhesive, and stamp set).


My project supply list:

Posted on : Nov 09 2015
Posted under Christmas, Stamp Class |