Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Crafters -

Did you know that there is a stamp set in the back of the big catalog called My Hero? YUP! It's a GREAT set!

Did you also know that Stampin'Up! donates $3 when you purchase that stamp set? YUP! Stampin'Up donates time and money to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). To date, they have contributed over $1.5 million to RMHC and their network of local RMHC Chapters. You can visit to learn how you can help.

Well, today, Sunday, February 19th, is the day that I am blessed to help out at the Columbus (Ohio) Ronald McDonald House. Want to see what we will be making with the residents?
Succulent Flower Lollipops!
February 2017
Columbus (Ohio) Ronald McDonald House

I know - LOVE IT! It's so fast and easy!

Do you recognize where those shapes came from? Even better! It's the Succulent Framelits Dies. I just received mine and this is the first time I've been able to use them! And my friend, and fellow demo, Linda F., just donated a big box of papers to us for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. They are retired colors and designs, but they are the FABULOUS quality Stampin'Up! products!

And finally, because we are supposed to be there for just 2 hours (including set up and clean up), I try to make things VERY easy and easy to set up and clean up! Check out how easy this set up will be for this craft! See? I don't throw out the left over plastic containers from brads, buttons, embellishments, oh my! And the flowers and leaves fit perfectly into those containers!
All Boxed Up and Ready to Go!
February 2017
Columbus (Ohio) Ronald McDonald House

I also have the tablecloths, along with my Stampin'Up! apron packed in my bag too. AND one of my new team members, Linda K. will also be attending! It's been a few months since I've had someone help me at RMHC and I'm looking forward to it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I had so much fun this morning at the Reverse Lenten Challenge Class. Can't wait until this evening's class.

Want to see one of my favorite cards?

Watch the video on my Facebook page!

Hope you are able to attend the NEXT class!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Reverse Lenten Challenge

Crafters -

Many of you have seen my two little snippets for two of the cards that will be made at my Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on Wednesday, February 15th. You can always see my upcoming classes by clicking HERE (or clicking the CLASSES link at the top).

BUT, after returning from my VERY fun Leadership training this past weekend - SO MANY IDEAS!!!! Well, I went ahead and put together the rest of my samples last night and just posted them! Want to see a little sneak peek?
Reverse Lenten Challenge Cards
February 15th, 2017
9a-1p or 6p-10p
To Go Option Available


Want to know exactly what a Reverse Lenten Challenge is? Lemme tell ya!  :) 

Every year I give up coffee and sometimes chocolate. The coffee is the hard one for me. I would take it intravenously if I could! Each time I would normally reach for a cup of my favorite java, since I gave it up for Lent, it would cause me to think what He gave up for me. My coffee is NOTHING compared with His gift!

So... how about instead of giving UP something, we GIVE something to someone else instead? Like a card!

Everyone needs a little encouragement. With this class, you will make 40 notecards. Beginning Wednesday, March 1st (Ash Wednesday), you will GIVE a card to someone. If you prefer to mail it, that's fine. Want to give one to the cashier at your grocery store - GREAT! What about the teller at your bank - PERFECT! How about the teacher that your child comes home and tells you what a wonderful day he or she had with - EVEN BETTER! How about blessing someone with YOUR gift of a card?

There is no (regular) mail service on Sundays, so beginning March 1st, that is 40 cards to get you through Lent. What a wonderful way to SHARE your gifts and talents and BLESS someone with that.

On Wednesday, February 15th, there are TWO class times to attend. 9a-1p OR 6p-10p. If you are unable to attend, I'm also offering a TO-GO option (shipping extra).

You may register and prepay so all supplies can be ordered in a timely manner. You must let me know by February 10th that you will be attending. Cash, Check or I can send you an invoice that can be paid electronically.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Custom Tees 3-D Swap

I was NOT going to get the Custom Tees stamp set.

It's a T-shirt! A T-SHIRT!!! What on earth am I going to do with a T-Shirt stamp? Seriously!


Then I saw something on a Facebook post.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Check out my first photo:
Custom Tees

And here's what I was doing for the 3-D swap:
Hmmm..... They look a little different from the top photo to the bottom.
It's like they SHRUNK!

Can you tell what I made these into?

Check back on Sunday/Monday for the FINAL project and I'll let you know how they were received!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams AND Thinlits Meet Falling in Love DSP

Friday, I am headed to "that state up north." You see, my team leader is having a training session FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND! YEAH!!!!!!

I am all set! I have my roommate gift for my friend Keri ready to go. I have my 3-D swap item ready for Saturday night's Pajama Party (check back on Saturday/Sunday to see if you can guess what that 3-D item is!). AND, I have my cards ready to go for Friday's general swapping!

I have been having a LOT of classes lately so I have been going through a LOT of cardstock! And I can't really decide which is my favorite color because lately, there have been quite a few.

So, for my card swap, I decided...
  • I was going to do that really cute (and easy!) pinwheel design. I demonstrated it at my workshop in January. We did this for the Card Ministry design at church for the January cards. I did this as a card design at a PRIVATE card class in January. It was a BIG HIT at all of those events!
  • I was SURE I was going to use the new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. I LOVE this paper! I am actually on my THIRD package of it - and it just came out in JANUARY! (NOTE: That teeny tiny photo in the catalog just does NOT do this paper justice - WAY prettier IRL.)
  • I liked several of the designs but they were all different colors. Sky Blue. Blushing Bride. Sweet Sugarplum. Sahara Sand.
That left me in a quandary. Should I just pick two of the paper designs and make all 30 cards that one color?


For those of you who have attended my workshops and classes over the past several years, you know that I like to mix and match colors! 

Check it out!
Dragonfly Dreams
Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies
Falling in Love Designer Series Papers

Which color combination do YOU like best? And just to make sure I was on the safe side, I made a total of 40 cards - 10 of each color! LOVE THEM!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams Meet Succulent Garden DSP

Don't you just LOVE when you see something online and think "I can make that!" 


You don't have the stamp set, or the punch, or the thinlits, or, or, or...

You just like the design!

So how about this!

Dragonfly Dreams
Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper

It actually took me longer to figure out which paper I should place with which cardstock - the mixing and matching was the most fun!

So - where did I get this idea, you may ask? Well...

As a demonstrator, Stampin'Up! sends us a weekly email called Succeed Weekly. Just general information and oh yeah - here's an idea or two!

Well, I got this from one of the ideas! AND I challenged my team, the Latte Joy Stampers, to do the same thing! You see, Brandi showed 12 cards with the tin in her video for Stampin'Up! Four new crafters joined my team in January so I know they are just getting their Starter Kits and current supplies. So I wanted to make it a little easier for each of my team. I challenged them to make just SIX cards using Brandi's design. Brandi even gave the dimensions of the pieces of papers in the video! How easy was that?!

I used my NEW favorite stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and paired it with the BEAUTIFUL Succulent Garden Designer Series Papers. I used EVERY SINGLE DESIGN in the package too!

When do YOU want to book YOUR private card class
and make this with five of YOUR friends?
Contact me to schedule your date now!

You can leave a comment below on this blog or feel free to make a comment on my Facebook Page at

And finally, here's the original! LOVE that Stampin'Up! shares ideas with all of us; don't you?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Coffee and Cards

This has been just ONE of the BEST weeks!

Why is that? you may ask. Well... 

I've had THREE classes this week. And today was my monthly Coffee and Cards class. We had several ladies who are absolute PROs at cardmaking. And one of the ladies brought a friend with her. You see my friend Jenny just joined about a week ago and she brought a new friend with her. Jenny was a PRO at showing her friend how everything works!

And I was so glad there were so many ladies here today! You see, we had some really bad weather for a day or two in December. My December Coffee and Cards was full, but since we'd had the ice storm the night before... well, my friend Pat was the only one able to attend! We had a wonderful one-on-one class, and with her being a new stamper (but longtime crafter!) it was really nice. But this time she had more than me to talk with! I think she had a good time!

We made six cards and the case to place the cards into. Many of the ladies work and let's face it! You need cards at work! With the decorated case, it makes it so nice to leave on your desk or place it somewhere to just brighten your day!

This was what was made today!

And, because I always make extras, I made one complete set including the decorated case, but I liked that design. So I made it into a card too!

Not sure which one I like the best. What do you think? Card or case?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hey, Chick! - Stampin'Up!

Have you seen this CUTE little stamp set? It's called "Hey, Chick" and it is FREE with a qualifying Sale-A-Bration order!
Hey, Chick
#143328 (Wood)
#143331 (Clear)

Well, when I first saw this in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, gotta tell ya - was not impressed with any of the chick-a-dees!

I know.

I know.

I know.

Everyone in the free world LOVED this set as soon as they saw it! Yeah... not me...

BUT since I had my first ever one-day retreat last weekend, I was using several new stamp sets, new Designer Series Papers (DSPs), ribbons, you get the idea. And since I did have this stamp set, I thought, "eh... why not?" So I did!

Check it out!

How stinkin' cute is this?! We combined it with the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (#143601 - FREE with a qualifying Sale-A-Bration order!), and the absolutely beautiful Lace Doilies (#142793). LOVE THEM!

Hope this cute little card brightens your day too! And don't you just LOVE how the Floral Boutique Designer Series Papers work with this little cutie? ME TOO!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

First EVER One-Day Latte Retreat!


As many of you know, I have been planning my first EVER One-Day Latte Retreat! And it was today (January 21st).


There were ten ladies - and we began promptly at 9am. I'll show some of the goodies later this week, but check these out!
Check out THIS Chorus Line!

Because EACH of the attendees is TOTALLY AWESOME!

A Latte Retreat wouldn't be complete without coffee and treats!
I just LOVE stamping on burlap!
Flourishing Phrases is a GREAT set to use on burlap!
Check out my NEW Coffee Cozy too!

I loved adding the little gifts into their goody bags. The twine dolls and burlap bags were just two of their little surprise and delight gifts. They were the most fun to make!

Well, actually the MOST fun at the retreat was the Yankee Swap! We had 10 prizes, totalling $100. These ranged from ribbon to stamp sets to DSP. The most popular - AND STOLEN - prize was the Black Marker with the InColor Doilies! That prize was stolen THREE times before it found a permanent home!

Here are a few photos of my friends crafting. Can you tell? I am ABUNDANTLY blessed!
Set up the night before
Set up the night before
They're HERE!
And having fun!

Best friends whether crafting, singing, or leading a Bible Study at church
AND they are my newest Team Members!
Welcome Faye and Nancy!

And a VERY special shout-out to my team member (and my mom!), Donna. I could NOT have done this without her. She not only was jack of all trades, she was the chief cook AND bottlewasher and was appreciated by all! She even had chocolate chip cookies - fresh from the oven - for us as a special dessert after our lunch! MOMS ROCK! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Latte Joy Team Meeting Last Night!


Stamping is just so much more fun when you can share with with friends and family!

Usually we have a ROAD TRIP to go to that state up north to attend my team leader's meeting, but this month the weather was a little dicey. Thankfully, she had an online version for us AND showed us the cards we would have made. She then posted a written tutorial for us so we could CASE (Copy And Share Everything) the card designs.

So, using my fearless leader's designs, check out what we made last night at my Latte Joy team meeting!
January 2017 Latte Joy Stampers Team Meeting
Using Birthday Bright Photopolymer Stamp Set

Don't you just LOVE them! They were so fast and easy! If you do not recognize the stamp set, all of the cards were made with JUST ONE STAMP SET. Check it out - it's the Birthday Bright Photopolymer Stamp Set and you can see it HERE.

That stamp set also coordinates with the fabulous Birthday Bright Project Kit - see HERE. THAT will make a fun class with you and your friends! Contact me to schedule YOUR class now! You receive 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) and 12 tags (4 each of 3 designs) with the kit!

And here are the wonderful ladies who were able to attend. We even had a new lady join us - she's thinking about joining the Stampin'Up! family! :)
January 2017 Latte Joy Stampers Team Meeting
with just a sampling of their BEAUTIFUL creations!

Can't wait until February 21st for our NEXT team meeting! If you are interested in joining my team, I'd love to talk with you! You can see the next dates by clicking MY TEAM at the top or just click HERE. And when you are ready to join my team, you can join online HERE.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Paper Pumpkin - Another Great Year!

Crafters -

The January 2017 Paper Pumpkin has now shipped. It's called Adoring Arrows and I cannot wait to get my paws on it! I think the surprise is one of the best parts of this subscription program.

Want to see what I think is the ABSOLUTE BEST part of the subscription program?

That Stampin'Up! gives us the supplies and the ideas and then lets us RUN with them! You see I meet each month with my Pumpkineers. We make a couple of things, using our kits, but using them on alternate projects.

Want to see my absolute FAVORITE card I made using the December kit, Another Great Year?
Another Great Year Paper Pumpkin Kit
December 2016
Alternate Card Design

There were so many decorated window sheets in this kit, I think I'm going to make a few extra of the shaker cards!

Each month I provide my Pumpkineers with a PDF of alternate designs. This is SUCH a GREAT program. If you are not a subscriber yet, what's stopping you? Especially NOW!

Did you know you can join with a 3-month prepaid subscription for just $55? AND when you do that, you also get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! SCORE!

So, seriously - what's stopping you? Here's the link to JOIN NOW!

Oh - and one more. Did you realize that you could purchase TWO of the 3-month prepaid subscriptions for just $110? That's a $4 savings from the regular 6-month prepaid subscription! If you are looking for a GREAT Valentine's gift, THIS is the one to get! Activate one of the prepaids now, save or GIVE the other one to a friend! What a wonderful way to bless someone else!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coffee and Cards - BIRTHDAY cards!

Crafters -

Well... 2017 is firmly here! I'm traveling today (to that state up north) with my mom. You see my mom is up from Florida and we are going to my Team Leader's monthly meeting! Mom's also one of my team members! She said she was coming up in January to celebrate Christmas with us but I think she really scheduled her arrival date so she could go to the RubberQueens meeting - JUST SAYIN'!  :)

I am doing something a little different for the January Coffee and Cards Class. For this month (and if it is a success, we will do it again!), we will be making SIX birthday cards. When you RSVP by Saturday, January 14th, I'll include the Clear Case for you to decorate and store your cards - my gift to you for registering early! You must RSVP by Thursday, January 26th to attend the class, but if you wait until then - you will not receive a case with it. So sign up early!

Want to see a little sneak peek of some of the cards? The large photo is the decorated clear case.
January 2017 Coffee and Cards Class
Register by January 14th to make the case - my gift to you for registering early!
RSVP by January 26th to make the six cards

Aren't these so fun? LOVE THEM!

Please bring your favorite adhesives (SNAIL/refills, dimensionals, etc.) and your scissors for the class. All other items will be provided. *I will have SNAIL refills and Dimensionals available for sale during the class as well.

This class is just $20 or free with a minimum purchase placed during the class. AND, as I have been doing the past few classes, we will take a mini break midpoint and I will showcase something fun!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Crafters -

It's been a little bit of a stressful day for Stampin'Up!

You see the new catalog was supposed to go LIVE today. Yeah... sometimes computers don't work as well as we want them to.

BUT, Sara Douglass, Stampin'Up! CEO has now posted that everything is up and running!

You can place your orders online - make sure you use HOST CODE UU6KNS2F - and you will receive five (5) free cards from me - just something to thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator. You can place your orders by clicking on the RIGHT side of this blog - the Host Code is also listed there - or you can click HERE (if you prefer to cut-and-paste:

And when I was telling our teenager about this and found out that it was now up and working, the boy helped me with this!

Yes, we are a family of nerds! Young Frankenstein is one of the boy's (and his father's!) favorite movies! I remember going and seeing this MANY MANY MANY years ago. We did this as a night out with our moms when I was in 4-H. The movie is a classic and it always reminds me of my mom. Although, yes, there are a NUMBER of classic lines in this movie too! And, no - I don't remember WHY we would take our moms to this show! We were pre-teens and it was the 70s..  :)

OH - and I did update the catalogs on the right side of the blog too! If you do not yet have the Spring Occasions Catalog or the Sale-A-Bration brochure, you can view them digitally.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

One-Day Retreat

Crafters -

I have now received my first package of goodies! Gotta tell you - you will LOVE the new stuff in the Spring Occasions Catalog AND the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

As many of you know, I'm going WAY outside my comfort level and offering a one-day retreat. Want to see a little snippet of some of the cards?
One-Day Retreat
Saturday, January 21st


You have until Saturday, January 7th to RSVP (your payment is your RSVP).

Unable to attend, contact me! I'm also offering the PDF tutorials as well as a To-Go option with the supplies (you must provide your own stamp sets and inks).

Can't wait for the retreat!!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Color In the New Year!

I LOVE to color!

My husband gave me one of those "Journaling Bibles" for our anniversary this year. LOVE IT! My mom, aunt, many friends have these too. Our church even offers a Bible Journaling Class once a month.I just don't get enough time to color...

Those coloring books are really nice, but... what to do with the colorings after you are done?


One of the GREAT Sale-A-Bration items is a new coloring paper. It's called Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper. There are 12 sheets (3 each of 4 designs). And it's one of my favorite items for Sale-A-Bration!

Want to see what we made today during the class?
Color in the New Year cards

Here are a few closeups of the individual cards
Rose Wonder and Sponge Daubers

Birthday Blooms
Such pretty colors using the new Watercolor Pencils!

Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper
So bright and beautiful using markers and aqua painters

Did you notice the extra, the fifth card, using the Rose Wonder set? I had used the thinlits and a piece of the white cardboard from a DSP package for the mask. After sponging it a few times, I thought it was WAY too pretty to throw away! So I made an extra card using the colored outline!
The colored thinlit outline was TOO pretty to throw away!

This was made VERY easy using my fine-tip glue pen too.

Looking forward to my first workshop of the year - it's Saturday! WOO HOO!

Hope to see you at at class soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


2017 is going to be a GREAT year! Have you seen the new spring Occasions catalog? How about the Sale-A-Bration brochures? LOVE THEM!!!!

I have so many ideas rolling around that I cannot wait to begin playing with everything!

Looking forward to Coloring in the New Year tomorrow!

*If you do not yet have the new spring Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure and you are looking for a demonstrator, please contact me! I'd LOVE to get one in your hands while you are attending a class!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year-End Closeouts - Stampin'Up!

Crafters -

Stampin'Up!'s Year-End Closeouts ENDS January 3rd!
Place your order now!

Many papers, lots of bundles (who doesn't love to save 10%?!), and everything in between!

Want to see what is still available?

Go HERE to place your order!

These items are only available while supplies last.

And when you use HOST CODE 9WE2YJBP with your online order, you will also receive 5 free cards from my card rack.

Friday, December 30, 2016

January and February Calendars are UP!

Crafters -

I have finalized my January and February calendars! WHEW! You can always see my calendar by clicking on the CALENDAR link at the top of this page (or you can click HERE to see the current calendar).
January and February Calendars
Did you notice?

  • Workshop on Saturday, January 7th. Must RSVP by Thursday, January 5th to attend.
  • FIRST EVER One-Day Retreat on Saturday, January 21st! Limited to 10 participants. Receive a goody bag with $20 merchandise and make 20 cards/projects. Bring your own adhesives and scissors (adhesives will also be available for purchase during retreat). Light lunch provided. Where else can you get all this for just $45?!
  • Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on Wednesday, February 15th. TWO DIFFERENT TIME SLOTS - 9a-1p OR 6p-10p. You will make 40 notecards with envelopes. My challenge to you is to send/give a card during the 40 days of Lent. And I'm gonna help you to do this by making 40 notecards during the class. I'm doing this too!
  • Coffee and Cards Class is the fourth Saturday of each month. $20 or free with a minimum purchase placed during the class. January's Classes are listed on my Classes page.
  • January Coffee and Cards will be a little different. Want a sneak peek? Check out my CLASSES page (click HERE to go directly to the Classes page)! RSVP by January 14th to make the card case - my gift to you for registering early!
  • You can see that there are a few PRIVATE events listed. Let's book YOUR workshop or private card class now!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another Great Year - Paper Pumpkin Style!

Crafters -

Have you seen the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin? It's called Another Great Year and IT. IS. FABULOUS.

This is a mini scrapbook, complete with double-sided papers, stickers, a cool retro stamp and a marker.

I met with my Pumpkineers on Tuesday evening. Because I didn't want them to cut up their papers (not just yet, at least) so I went through my papers to see what others used Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry. I found that A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack has LOTS of smoky slate, the Festive Birthday Designer Series Papers have some fun designs with Crushed Curry, and finally - did you know this? - the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Papers has basic gray in it. And since I liked the two gray designs, we used that too! (**The Halloween paper is on the Year-End Clearance too - for a GREAT savings!)

So... really thinking outside of the box, what do you think?
December 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Another Great Year
Alternate Projects made at December Pumpkineer Meeting

The large "X" and "O" are from the Large Letters Framelits and we used the VERY bling-y Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Papers. This card was SO EASY to make - I think we all had it done in about 3 minutes! Perfect way to end the evening!

Although everyone liked the projects (we placed a little bit of chocolate in the LOVE bag), I can firmly state that the flower design was the favorite! AND, we even had a little tutorial on how to use the punch! I do not use this punch NEAR enough - and I really need to remedy that!

**FYI - Stampin'Up! has given us mini scrapbooks before. I still use my May 2013 Good Life Brag Book - as a scrapbook for our boy. Each page shows his school photo, height/weight, AND I also include a sports photo when he participates! I update it each year. This new Another Great Year would be PERFECT to do this as well! ASK ME TO SEE the "old" one, next time you are here. It's a LOT of fun! I had blogged about it in May 2013 HERE.

Hope you enjoyed the ideas! The Pumpkineers meet next on Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.

If you haven't joined Paper Pumpkin yet, you can JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN NOW and start attending our meetings and make these GREAT alternate projects too!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Color in the New Year!

Crafters -

2017 is just around the corner! I have been very blessed in 2016. While we have lost some of our friends, we know that we will see them again someday. Very selfishly, I miss them though...

SO! As they say, I must put on "my big girl panties" and move forward.

Onto 2017!

January is going to be a VERY busy time! But busy in a good way!

Want to see a little sneak peek for my "Color in the New Year" class on Monday, January 2nd?
Two of the three cards we will make at my
Color in the New Year class!

We will make three (3) cards and the cost is just $10. I'm confident there is a football game on that day. The kids are still out of school. And many are off work that day. What a GREAT day to just color! I find it very relaxing and then I have three cards ready to go!

Oh - and while you may recognize the Rose Wonder stamp in the top corner, what about the bottom corner? Unless you are a demonstrator, probably not! It is a new paper, a FREE paper, with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

We will be playing with markers, aqua painters, sponges, ink, and maybe even the new Watercolor Pencils! (SPOILER ALERT - We will also be using the Wink of Stella on the bumblebee!)

Please RSVP by Saturday, December 31st so I can have everything cut and prepared for you!

See you soon!