The past week or so I have been spending time just doing that…organizing. There is never enough organizing to be done when it comes to crafting, especially paper crafting, and when products are turning over all the time, this is especially true.

I have been spending time on Pinterest, Facebook, and other sites getting ideas for the best ways to organize my craftroom in order to minimize the “clutter” that I work in when I do projects (and I’m sure you all have seen the backgrounds in my completed projects lol). It doesn’t bother me, but when I’m not working in my craftroom, that’s when it does bother me. I really can’t stand messes.

So, this past week, all my DSP have been put together in one pile (and OMGoodness there is a lot of them), all my Paper Pumpkin kits have been put together, and so on. I picked up some little storage units (small desk sized stuff) to start putting things in so I can start breaking down my PP kits into the individual pieces. My desk will no longer be filled with things I’m not using because bookshelves have been reorganized so everything fits…again.

There is still a lot I need to do, such as purchasing floor-sized storage pieces that will go together to form a desk (yes, a second one since you can never have enough desk space in a crafting room) and a photo album for all the stamp sets from Paper Pumpkin kits, but for now things look better and there is more space for me to plan and work.

Once my organizing project is finished, I’ll be back with my paper crafting projects and my regular weekly posts. TTFN, and I’ll be posting again in a few days.

Helping my customers

I received a text message earlier tonight. “Can you by any chance get this Paper Pumpkin kit for me?” It was the January 2016 Cute Conversations kit. I responded with my usual message of being able to do an ISO post to see what responses I’d get and then doing a search for the kit online later on tonight. When I told my customer I had put up the search ad, my customer responded “Awesome, ty”.

Despite the fact that I may not be able to find the kit for her, she knew I was doing what I promised…looking for the kit. This is what being a demonstrator is all about for me…helping my customers to the best of my ability, even if it means I can’t locate a retired item for them. I have been able to locate a couple kits, and as of this blog post, I am waiting for responses to a few emails. I am sure I will have the kit for my customer within the next couple days.

This is just one of the many ways I can help my customers. I love helping my customers, and I’m glad they know they can count on me to help them.


Paper Pumpkin and Sale-a-bration

I have always enjoyed getting my Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail. I love that everything I need to create cute projects comes in one little box, and every month is something different. Right now, with Sale-a-bration in full swing, Paper Pumpkin subscriptions can earn free merchandise out of the catalog…3, 6, and 12 month prepaid subscriptions all qualify for Sale-bration merchandise!!

Prepay for a 3-month subscription, and you can earn the Beautiful Peacock stamp set! Or one of a number of other items from the catalog!

Not sure what Paper Pumpkin is all about? Watch a quick 90 second YouTube video to find out why I love my monthly shipment! Once you’ve finished watching, head on over to the Paper Pumpkin link on my website to join in on all the monthly fun, and earn your Sale-a-bration goodies, too!

Sale-a-Bration Birthday Card

While this card used a variety of stamp sets, it does use one from the Sale-a-bration catalog, even though it only part of the set. I used the text from the Beautiful Peacock set, found in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I am becoming more and more fond of the sets in the Sale-a-bration catalog as well as in the Occasions catalog because they are so fun and versatile. Enough chat…here’s the card:

Delightful Daisy/Beautiful Peacock

When creating this card, I used Beautiful Peacock and Delightful Daisy stamp sets, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Papers, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive Garden Green and Soft Suede Inks,  Basic Rhinestones, Daisy Punch, and Dimensionals. The Daisy punch made creating the 4 layers of the flower quick and easy to put together. The butterfly is inked with the “rock-n-roll” technique, which is one of my favorite inking techniques.

Quick, simple…and cute.

Here’s another quick and simple birthday card that I put together.

This card is created using Butterfly Basic stamp set, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Easter Palace Designer Series papers, Pacific Point and Old Olive inks, fine tip glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scalloped Edge Tag Topper punch, Basic Pearls, and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, and Snail adhesive. Dragging the Very Vanilla card stock across the Old Olive ink pad gives the edges of the paper some “texture” so it stands out from the Eastern Palace paper.

Creating the pocket for the tag makes an interactive card sure to please anyone who receives this card.

To purchase any of the items listed in making these cards, or any Sale-a-Bration or Occasions stamp sets, click on the “shop with me” button on the right, or at the top of my blog, or click here.

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January Blog Hop

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Happy New Year and Welcome back to a wonderful set of great new stamps…and sales!! This month’s theme is Sale-a-bration and Occasions stamp sets. What, you may ask, is Sale-a-bration? Or what is Occasions stamps? Well…for every $50 purchase you make from January 3, 2017 through the end of March, you can earn stamps from the Sale-a-bration catalog! And the Occasions catalog has some great new stamp sets to help you get started with birthday cards, Valentine cards, Easter cards, or whatever you decide!

My personal favorite stamp set from the Occasions set is the Petal Palette clear mount set. The little bird is soo cute! And the flower designs are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. The matching Framelits make cutting out the stamped images a breeze, so putting together your finished card is a snap!

The Petal Palette stamp set also has a matching Designer Paper, which has some designs which you can color, too!

Here’s a cute little card I made using the Petal Palette stamp set. I used the matching Petals and More framelits to cut out the bird and the flowers. I colored everything with my Blends markers, and used the Petal Palette DSP for the background and placed them all on a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock for a complete look. In order to jazz it up a little more, I added some basic rhinestones to some of the flowers and used a basic pearl as the bird’s eye.

Occasions swap card

So I could keep the flowers on a curve for more of a “wreath” look, I used the layering circle framelits, cut out my preferred circle and glued the flowers in the arraignment I wanted with glue dots and snail adhesive before placing them on the card. I used some dimensionals to add some depth and to “pop” the bird out of the flowers.

I can’t wait to show off more projects with this cute little suite! If you are interested in getting any of the items I used in making the project above, feel free to click the “shop with me” link at the top of my blog, or click on the catalog links along the right side of the page.

To see more wonderful projects created with sets from the Occasions catalog, or from the Sale-bration catalog, follow the links below:

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and if you happen to forget where you are in the hop, just come on back here and find your way back to the hop!