Decisions, decisions, decisions!!!

So, my friends, here is where one decides to either sit back and let things remain status quo, or step it up and start doing all those challenges that are sitting on that “to do” list. Big choice, huh?! I finally decided to step it up…and did it within a week of my shoulder surgery! Crazy, I know, but it’s been long enough of “making excuses” (yes, surgery is a good one for not creating things, but…) and not taking that leap forward that can make or break me. Not only as a person, but also make or break my business. Since I joined a swap for OnStage (even though I’m unable to attend, sadly), and have a lot of birthdays in October, this Fab Friday Challenge was a perfect one for me to get busy with. So with no further ado, here is what I made for the FabFri148 Color Challenge.

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Since I absolutely love love love using Basic Black as a background for my cards since it makes everything else really pop off the page, I think it really does the trick here to show off the Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Pumpkin Pie. The stamp sets used here are Touches of Texture and Picture Perfect Birthday. I think adding the Gorgeous Grape ribbon and the So Saffron pearls were the perfect finishing touches for this card.

Whether or not this card is chosen as a Fab Fave doesn’t matter. What matters is I took that step, used the challenge and created a card I felt comfortable with. I challenged myself, and stepped up. I will continue to set more challenges for myself and continue to step forward to meet them. I hope you, my friends, will join me and continue to set challenges for yourselves. Let me know how you’ve stepped up to your challenges in the comments section so I can help cheer you on! ūüôā

Oh…and I also created a second look using the same color scheme and stamp sets, but used the flower from Touches of Texture as the front centerpiece instead, and used Basic Rhinestones instead of Pearls. Here’s that one:

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I hope you all have a foot-forward challenging day!

As always, stay creatively stamping!


October’s Christmas Card Class by Mail

October class by mail preview

Hey everyone! I hope those of you that have been purchasing my classes are enjoying them, and are getting your cards ready for mailing in a few weeks! For those of you who have yet to start thinking about Christmas cards, there is one more month of card classes to go after this! However, if you were interested in October’s Christmas Card Class by Mail but have not yet ordered it, you must order by midnight tomorrow in order to get October’s class. Time is running out, and so are the spots for the classes. I have included a little preview of this month’s Christmas card as a little enticement for those last-minute procrastinators (like me lol). Remember with my classes you’ll get supplies for 10 complete cards with matching envelopes for $25.35 (shipping included), plus all Big Shot cutting will be done by me, so all you will need to do is follow the enclosed fully completed card with whatever stamp set you chose from your own supplies at home. (If you decide you like the set I chose, click here to let me know.)

In that little preview, you can see the new shimmer paints, new Blends markers, the new embossing pads for the Big Shot, as well as the matching thinlets dies for the Beautiful Baubles stamp set, not to mention one of my favorite holiday embellishments…the mini sequins ribbon. I hope this will get your curiosity going, and you send me a quick “yes, I want this month’s class by mail” message. If it does, just contact me by clicking the button at the top of the page, or just click here to email me.

As always, stay creatively stamping!


Flash Sale Going On Now!!

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From now until supplies run out, new subscribers can get their first month of Paper Pumpkin for only $5! So…not only is the regular price of Paper Pumpkin a great deal, but for the next 48 hours, new subscribers are getting an even greater deal!!

Don’t wait, subscribe now, because once supplies are gone, orders will automatically be taken for November’s exclusive unique Holiday Paper Pumpkin kits.

Just click here to start your Paper Pumpkin subscription, and new subscribers, please make sure to enter FLASH1018 to get the special flash sale price!

As always, stay creatively stamping!


October Christmas Card by Mail

Beautiful Baubles Photopolymer Stamp Set

Silver Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes

For those of you who have been following along, October will be the next to the last month to get your Christmas Card classes done. For October, the Christmas class by mail will use the Beautiful Bauble set and the silver foil envelope set. You will get supplies for 10 complete cards along with the matching envelopes, and the cost is $20 plus shipping.

Should you wish to purchase the Beautiful Bauble photopolymer stamp set ($17), please be sure to let me know, so I can add the set to your order.

Contact me at the link above, or click here to send me a message about the Christmas Card by Mail class, before October 20th so you can be part of this month’s class. Remember, all the Big Shot die cuts and embossing will be done before you get your kit.

Don’t wait until last-minute to place your order for your Christmas Card Class by Mail as there is a limited amount of kits available.

As always, stay creatively stamping!


Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale Coming Soon!

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Coming soon…and going fast! Stampin’ UP! Paper Pumpkin kits will be going on sale…a flash sale actually! Starting October 8th at 3:01 am Eastern Time (that’s 12:01 Mountain Time), new subscribers will be able to get their first kit for only $5…but only as long as supplies last! This is the perfect time to try the kit you’ve been thinking about for months, but haven’t quite gotten around to subscribing to. Set your calendars and alarms to remind you about the start time (or a good time during the sale). Remember, once the sale kits are gone, they’re gone for the month of October. Regular subscription prices will return, and will be taken for November only…so don’t hesitate if you plan to take advantage of this flash sale.

Just click here to order your October Paper Pumpkin kit!

Make sure to use the promo code FLASH1018 if you are a new subscriber!

As always, stay creatively stamping!


Out of Order…

A while back I mentioned I would be transferring my blog to a new location. I have yet to do so, and have been searching for a good home to locate my blog. In the mean time, I have undergone some issues that have taken away from my time that I would normally have spent in my craft room. It has been a rather stressful time since my last post as my craft room is my “safe haven”, my place of solitude where I can get rid of all the nonsense of the outside world and just focus on me for a little bit.

I will be dedicating¬†a lot of time on getting back to focusing on my own needs as well as the needs of those around me. My craft room needs major work¬† and my projects need to get caught up and finished. So, over the course of the next few days, my desk will become visible again, cards will be made, swaps will be completed, November’s hop will be prepped and ready to publish as will upcoming sales…and I will get ready for upcoming shoulder surgery.

Will my creativity time ever be back to normal? Yes…yes it will. It will just take a little work and determination on my part, and a little understanding from those around me that I am an artisan¬†who needs to release frustrations by cutting, snipping, pasting, and sharing (among other such things). Otherwise, I am totally out-of-order and down for the count…at least mentally.

As always, stay creatively stamping!


It’s September…

and it’s time to think about the new Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog that launched yesterday, September 5th. Have you been enjoying the Christmas Cards by Mail Classes? I hope so because there are only 2 more classes to go before it’s time to mail out all those Christmas Cards, and once those classes are completed, if you have done all of them from June to October, you will have 50 beautiful, hand-made cards to share with your friends and family. With the new Holiday catalog, there are so many more choices for which stamp sets to use for the upcoming cards as well as so many more accessories and embellishments, it’s been a real challenge to pick and choose the right ones.

While I continue to offer all my classes, I will also be making some changes to my blog, which is why I haven’t been doing my regular weekly post. I am hoping all changes will be done quickly, so please bear with me, and keep checking my FB page and webstore for all the regular specials in the meantime. I will keep posting as I continue to make the changes, so keep checking.

As always, stay creatively stamping!


Paper Pumpkin Kits

Paper Pumpkin for September 2018

I absolutely LOVE my Paper Pumpkin kits!! When I get my little orange (normally) box in my mailbox, the first thing I do is open it up to see what project I have for the month! I really enjoy these little kits because I know it is something I can take with me anywhere, anytime, and work on them, without having to lug around a bunch of stuff. WHY??? Because that little box literally has EVERYTHING I need to complete each project in that box, from the stamp set right on down to the inks and adhesives. If you are interested in starting YOUR Paper Pumpkin kits, now is a great time to get started since September’s kit will be all about Halloween! So if you LOVE giving your Halloween treats a little bit of hand made trickery and flare, click on the picture above to sign up! Doing so by September 10 in order to get your very own September Paper Pumpkin kit! I know I will be getting mine and beginning the Halloween trick or treating fun…a little bit early!

As always, stay creatively stamping!


August Christmas Card Class by Mail

Painted Harvest PP set

How can an Autumn-based stamp set be turned into a Christmas card? Well, if you use your imagination and creativity, which I have plenty of both, this is the next stamp set I am using to create a beautiful Christmas card. Remember, you will receive enough supplies to create 10 cards (card stock, envelopes, and accessories, plus any Big Shot die cutting as well as any Washi Tape will already be done) plus a completed card to follow along with in order to save me from having to create a video or pdf file (for a total of 11 cards). All you will have to do is stamp, color and put together the cards using your own inks and favorite adhesives. How much will this cost you? I only charge $20 per class plus shipping. You can purchase the stamp set separately, or you can choose to add it along with the cost of the class. Either way, this is one class you won’t want to miss. Orders for the class need to be placed with me no later than August 20th, 2018, and classes will ship to you by the end of August. Please contact me¬† with your order for this month’s Christmas Card by Mail asap so you don’t miss out! Limited number of classes are available, so don’t wait too long. When contacting me for this class, please use August 2018 Christmas Card CBM in the subject line so I know which class you are referring to.

As always, stay creatively stamping!



August Blog Hop

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Yes, it’s that time of the month again! This month’s theme is summer time! I know everyone has their own idea of what summer entails, but to me it means bright colors, butterflies, flowers, and a lot of sunshine! It also means being able to spend a lot of time outside enjoying these things! In order to put these ideas into a card, I used a couple bright colors, some flowers, and a couple of butterflies! Here’s my finished card:

August blog hop card

Using the new Stamparatus positioning tool, I created the flower and butterfly wreath using the stamps from the Serene Garden Photopolymer Stamp set. (Lovely tutorial for making wreaths using the Stamparatus by Dawn Olchefske, by the way!) I used So Saffron and Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White card stock. I mounted the wreath on Garden Impressions DSP, and then again on Whisper White card stock. The leaves and 1-1/4 ” circle are punched from the new Call Me Clover 2018-2020 In Color collection, as well as some vellum paper. That big bow on the front of the card is the¬†Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon. I used Dimensionals to pop the wreath piece up off the base card, which is also made of Whisper White card stock and Garden Impressions DSP, then decorated with a couple Basic Pearls. Nice summer-y colors with a little bit of glitz, ready to send off for a summer birthday or maybe even as a thank you card!

By now I hope you are beginning to settle in to all the new products in the 2018 catalog, and finding some new favorites! August will be the second month of my Christmas Card Classes by Mail, and those of you who did last month’s class now have 10 cards ready to go! I will be posting the next class’s stamp set by week’s end, so get ready for another round of 10 cards to be headed your way with another cute stamp set!

Paper Pumpkin will be on sale for 50% off the first month (new subscribers only) if you subscribe by August 10th. I LOVE these kits! You get everything you need in one little box to create a different project every month, right to your door!

The Holiday Mini Catalogs will be available in September, and I will be previewing samples from the catalog all month long. Keep checking back to see what your favorite Holiday items will be! I already have a couple of ideas of what mine will be!

If you are looking for more great summer ideas for your paper crafting, hop on over to the next blog, Stamping With Di. (If you get lost along the way, just click the back button until you arrive back here, then start over with the links posted below the Next Blog button. It’s as easy as that!)

Oh…if you like the idea of hoppin’ between the blogs like I do, and want to try it for yourself, or want to know how to get any of the products you see used in any of the projects along the way at a discount, just contact me (or any of the ladies along the way) to find out how to join our team! We’ll be glad to help you!

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Di       (next up)





Trisha   (you are here)


Here’s a list of the products used to create my project. Just click on the picture to go shopping.

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