Adding a Splash of Washi to Your Cards

So turns out when I start working on something, I can get really focused on that task.  In the case of last week, that task wasn’t any of the handful of crafting projects and event prep I needed to work on, but instead was an even more daunting task – picking a preschool for Nicholas!  2013-08-23 12.29.45

Awww….aren’t they getting so big? Smile 

I thought it would be a quick and easy thing to figure out, and I’d be back working on my other projects right away.  But, no…. there are so many choices and variations.  Thankfully, we were able to find some good options and start the process for getting him enrolled, so now I’m able to get back in the crafty mindset!

And first on the docket – Thank you cards!

I always like to send thank you cards to everyone who places an order with me and I wanted something bright and cheery to remind us that summer hasn’t quite ended yet!

I used 3 of my favorite items right now:  Washi tape, Flower Shop bundle, and the Oh Hello stamp set to put this together.

Card Supplies Used
Stamps –
Oh Hello, Flower Shop
Ink – Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Gumball Green
Paper – Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories – Posy Punch, Gingham Garden washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, if you’ve ordered with me in the last few weeks… check your mailbox for your own copy of this card!

If you’ve ordered with me in the last month and NOT received a card, please let me know!  There have been some hiccups in the Stampin’ Up! ordering system and some demonstrators have not been receiving notice about orders placed.  I want to make sure I’m giving you the best possible service, so if you haven’t heard from me, let me know so I can fix it. Smile 


But no matter what, THANK YOU for stopping by and please come back soon!


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Fun Friend Card with Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit Stamps

I’ve been subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin since it started and so each month, I tend to get excited about the newest projects and stamps that come in the mail each month, and I sometimes forget about the past stamps.  But with the August promotion where you can get your first 2 months for only $10 a month (including shipping!), I have had some new friends join Paper Pumpkin this month and get the welcome kit.  So, I wanted to send a little note saying hello and thank you and decided to pull out those stamps that come with the welcome kit.

This is what I came up with:

It all started with a card base that I had made a while back by embossing the entire card front with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Then just started adding some fun elements that were lying around my craft room.  I loved how the new burlap ribbon made a fun border for my scrap of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped with the speckled splatter stamp.

So I hope they like it!  I really had fun with it and think I may need to make a few more!

Don’t forget – the 50% savings for the first 2 months ends August 31st!  You can cancel or skip a month anytime with no penalty, so if you’ve been thinking about trying it out, don’t miss out on this great deal!  Plus I’ll send you one of these cards as well to thank you for joining. Smile  Get your no-obligation Paper Pumpkin subscription started here and use promo code PUMPKINDEAL!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps- Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit
Ink – Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Paper – Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories – Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon (SU Holiday catalog), Glue Dots, Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Decorative Label punch

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Stamping with an Embossing Folder for a Scrapbook Sketch

Happy Monday!  Today over at the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration blog, we are sharing a fun scrapbook sketch idea. 

I didn’t create the sketch, but let me tell you how much I LOVE designing off of sketches.  It makes the scrapbooking process so much easier for me because I don’t have to think too hard about the set-up of the page (or card!) and instead can focus on things like which color do I want to use and what should I write in my journaling.


Oh, and did I mention that my layouts are typically like my cards…. I start from a sketch or design, pull in key elements, and then totally change everything else up.  But hey!  It’s the inspiration that is important – and the fact that I’m actually getting my photos in an album!

You may be wondering how I got that honeycomb look on my base paper for my scrapbook…. well, check this out… I used my embossing folder as a stamp!!!

Seriously, its totally cool!  First I wiped my ink pad across the raised side of the embossing folder to ink it up.

Then I just flipped over the embossing folder and pressed it down like I would a stamp!  I liked the distressed (didn’t get all the ink down on the paper) look, so I didn’t worry about evenly pressing and getting it all off on the base paper.

Then for my accents, I created my own layered ribbon banners in the upper corner.  I took some of the Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim and the Natural Trim ribbons and layered them.  Then snipped the ends at an angle.  Then to soften it even more, I use the Flower Shop bundle to get the simple flower to go on top.

Finally, I needed a title and ended up actually cutting out my letters using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies in the same Wisteria Wonder as the background paper.  But that was a little too tone-on-tone and so I drew around the outside of the letters with my white gel pen to make them pop a bit more. 

I would say that it worked!  And look at that face… isn’t Sweet a good title too?  Smile  Ok, I really didn’t know what to title these too pictures but I loved them so much that I had to scrap them somehow!

So, I hope you got some inspiration!  Play along and create your own scrapbook page with this sketch and let me know what you think!

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How to Get Started with Stampin’ Up! for FREE!

imageHave you been thinking about getting the Stampin’ Up! starter kit and getting all the perks of being a demo, but the cost has been keeping you from jumping on the great offers out there?

We all know the starter kit is a great deal – picking out $125 in your choice of product for only $99 + FREE shipping; plus with the bonus project kit right now, you get an extra $20-$30 worth of goodies free too!  But, if the $99 all at one time is a bit daunting, I wanted to share with you this great math that my fellow demonstrator, Lyssa Zwolanek, came up with that makes it not only FREE to get your starter kit, but you earn extra money too!

Check out how you can do it too!


  1. You host a party with me and all of your friends.  Because, no matter what, a night of stamping with friends is awesome!
  2. Your party hits $400 in sales that night (which typically earns $80 in commission, but wait for it… it gets better!)
  3. We sign you up as a demonstrator that night and you pick out your $125 in product PLUS the free project kit & accessories; and we put the $99 starter kit on your credit card.
  4. You are a demonstrator instantly!!

~ But where does the free part come in?  Just watch it all add up! ~

  • Together we enter the orders for your party with you as the demonstrator.
  • Because your first demo order was over $150 you actually get 30% commission – so you get $120 commission right then!
  • And since it was $400 or more, you get volume rebates so you get an extra 5% – so another $20
  • Plus, you are not only the demonstrator but you are also the hostess, so you get the hostess benefits for the party which are at least $65 in free product plus 1 half price item!
  • This order also meets your quarterly minimums, so you are set as an active demonstrator with all the perks until March 2014!  That means preordering the newest stuff, discounts on all your orders, earning commission on all orders you place, demonstrator only forums, being a member of my Fun n’ Crafty group with our monthly meetings and Facebook group, and more!
  • You are also almost half way to promoting to Senior Associate and well on your way to earning free stamps as part of Stampin’ Start!

That sounds great!  Now what?

I’m super excited to help everyone take advantage of this fabulous math, and we are going to do it together!

So, how it works is that before your party, we will get together (or talk over the phone if we need) and plan what projects you want to show.  We’ll talk about what we need to do to make your event a huge success and if you need to borrow stamps or supplies to kick things off – I totally have you covered!

At your party, we’ll set up together and you can walk everyone through the projects we’ll be making.  I’ll take care of talking through the catalog and specials so you can relax, enjoy, and observe.  If any of your friends is interested in hosting their own party and helping you out as you get started as a demo, we’ll put it on your calendar and get you that jump start!

Afterwards, I’ll total all the orders up as you relax and hang out with your friends.  Then we can together get you signed up as a demonstrator and put in the orders under your name.  Woo hoo!

But what happens if my party doesn’t hit $400?

No worries!  You have a couple options:

  1. We still sign you up as a demonstrator that night and enter the party in your name.  Any difference in commission you earn vs the starter kit you can just make up and tell your family it is an early Christmas gift to you. Smile  You still get all the extra freebies that come along with it, so you are still coming out ahead!
  2. Decide you are just going to be the hostess for the evening.  You get all the hostess benefits and you had a fabulous time stamping with your friends.  Sweet!

You have nothing to lose!

So to recap it all –

You help plan and host a party for you and your friends.

The party orders is $400 or more

You get

  • $125 in product with your starter kit
  • $65 in free product as part of hostess benefits
  • 1 half price item of your choice
  • $140 in cash/commissions
    – all for $99 plus tax.

So, in the end you just got $190 in product and $40 in cash, all in exchange for hosting a fun night of stamping with your friends!

Sounds awesome, right?  If you want to get started planning your party and join Stampin’ Up! and my team of Fun n’ Crafty demonstrators, give me a call or shoot me an email at and we’ll get you going!  I can’t wait to help you get started.  Smile


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Fabulous Flower Shop Summer Card (Convention CASE)

I had to continue my sharing of the great convention with another card that I loved so much that I had to share it in a class last week.  I really wanted to start playing with my goodies from the Holiday catalog but I couldn’t quite let go of summer yet, and so I gravitated to this cute idea.

Card designed by Sherrie Schintz

I loved how this card uses all 5 of the 2013-2015 In Colors together and after you emboss them with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, they are pretty cheery wouldn’t you say?

We added some of the flowers from the Flower Shop bundle (which includes the stamp set and the posy punch) and of course a bit of glitz with a rhinestone in the center of each.

Now, I loved the card, but I wanted to add a little bit of something, so we all lined an envelope by creating our own matching designer paper.  Now, when playing with the liners recently I noticed that if you use designer paper that has a dark pattern, you can sometimes see it through the front of your envelope.  So this was an example of using Whisper White cardstock and stamping one side with your preferred image (in this case, we stamped the same flower images in a random pattern).

Then, grab your NEW, AWESOME Envelope Liners!  Sigh, I love these things… Smile


They come in 3 sizes:

1.  A2 – to fit 4.25” x 5.5” cards

2. Notecards – to fit the 3.5” x 5” cards from the Stampin’ Up! notecards & envelope set

3.  Square envelopes – to fit 3” x 3” cards

So, we cut our Whisper White paper to 6”x6” (so you can get 4 out of a 12×12 piece and stamped our flowers.  Then cut it out using the largest envelope die.  Because you have white on the back, you don’t see anything through the front of your envelope, but on the inside you have lots of cute flowers!

Plus, the liner stops just short of the adhesive on the envelope, so you still have the gummy to seal your envelope when you are ready.  Sweet, huh?  So, grab these dies and get creative and I know you’ll love the results!

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Very Vintage Butterfly Thank You (Convention CASE)

Every year that I go to convention, I get caught up in swapping.  The idea of taking a bunch of card fronts with you to convention and then trading them with everyone else so that you can get new ideas to take home and share… or copy… or hang on your wall and drool over!

Well, I’ve learned from the one year that I showed up with NO SWAPS, and proceeded to spend my first night there trying to make as many swaps as I could from the crafting supplies I happened to bring with me; that I LOVE swapping.  I love seeing an amazing card from across the room and running up and saying,”swapping?”  Its like the thrill of finding an amazing deal at the department store.

But the problem is, I come home with 50-100 card fronts and proceed to take pictures of them and then they sit in a box forgotten until I’m cleaning my room and find them again.

Which is very sad….

So, I decided this year, that I would not only share them on my blog, but I’d also use them for inspiration in my classes as well.  (Which really is one of the main points for swapping anyway!)  So, for class this month, I CASE’d (copy and share everything) two fabulous swap cards and I just had to share this one with you!

Card case’d from a design by Julie Leblanc

There are a few reasons why I love this card…

1.  The color combination (why do I always forget about Perfect Plum?)

2.  The touch of sparkle with the Silver Glimmer Paper

3.  The fact that this card uses NO WHITE PAPER at all!

I know it is silly, but that last point was kind of profound to me.  I’m so used to stamping on Whisper White paper with a colored ink that I didn’t think of stamping on Crumb Cake paper.

And then there is the really cute butterflies.  I had to change this up from the original because I didn’t have the Papillion Potpourri that she used,  Instead I used the Best of Butterflies stamp set and the Elegant Butterfly punch to make them.  They are stamped with Basic Black ink and then sponged on top with the Perfect Plum ink. Neat effect, huh?


And in class, I had someone emboss a little bit higher up the page than they meant and so they left their first attempt behind and made a second card.  So, I finished out the card with her “boo-boo” and the rest of the supplies only this time I used the Lacy & Lovely stamp set for my sentiment and drew around it with a marker.  I think it turned out just fine! Smile

So I hope you liked this card as much as I did and I will have another fun card that we case’d tomorrow using the lovely Flower Shop stamp set and punch!  See you tomorrow!


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Craft Room Organization Tips and Ideas

I was sharing on my Facebook page last week the utter scariness of my craft room after I decided that I needed to rearrange my furniture…again… and get a new bookcase to hold my stamps.  I did not expect this project to take over my craft room floor so completely!  Yikes!

See, it all started when I was putting away my new stamps and supplies from convention this year and I started getting frustrated with my stamp storage.  I had been using a bookcase to hold my stamps and trying to put all my clear mount stamps on a shelf that was at eye-level when I was sitting at my desk.  That way, when I turned around, I could easily see what I had.  But I had too many stamps for one shelf (more like 3+) and so for the rest of my stamps, they were pushed to the back of the shelf which meant they were really hard to see a lot of time time.

So, I decided I wanted a bookcase that was less deep, and I remembered my good friend, Ikea, had just what I needed.  And so off to shop I went.  A week later, I finally had everything back sorted and put together and am really happy with how it turned out!

Take a Tour of my Crafting Space!

I often get asked how I store my different crafting supplies, so I thought I would give you a little tour of what my craft room is like today.  If you have any questions, just let me know!  I will say my craft room is almost entirely made up of storage solutions from either Ikea or Stampin’ Up! and I am really happy with how it is working for me!

Take a walk behind my craft desk

So the most important thing for me, as I’ve been constantly tweaking my crafting space layout, is to have my most important/most used items very close at hand.  So most things are out on a shelf and within reach while sitting or something I can see clearly when I’m sitting down and then I just have to take a step to grab what I want.
Click to check out LOTS of pictures and details for my crafting space

Quick & Easy Thank You Card for a new Design Team!

Today is the kick off for a new blog that I’m excited to be a design team member for – Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration!  It is a blog that will have daily posts to help give you new ideas and project challenges to inspire new ideas for you to try at home!  Most of the posts will have a particular theme and have many of the design team members showing you different takes on that theme.  Fun, right?

So, the theme for today was Quick & Easy Cards and you know that is right up my alley!  I love clean and simple and with 2 small kids, quick is key.  So, here is my take on the idea:

I will tell you this card was inspired by a card I saw from my friend, Katy Kirwan, and while the finished project doesn’t really look anything like what she created, I still like them both. Smile 

To create my card, I created my own designer paper by using the Chevron background stamp from Stampin’ Up! and then layered on the punched out sentiment.  It still needed a little something, so I added some of the Pear Pizzazz Chevron ribbon (sshhh, don’t tell anyone I used two different greens on this card!) and while I was worried the fact that the stamped and the ribbon chevrons go in different directions, I still think it totally works!

Card Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up unless noted)

Stamps – Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set, Chevron Background
Ink – Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon

So, what do you think?  Quick? Easy?  But totally fun!  I’m actually using this for my Cute & Classic Card Class tonight, so hopefully they have fun with it too! 

And if you are looking for more quick and easy ideas, hop on over to our Inkspiration blog and check out all the fab ideas for more great projects. 


Oh, and before I forget!

It’s Here! The Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment is now Available!

imageOk, I may be the only person on the planet who is excited about this, but I-CANNOT-WAIT to order my rotary trimmer attachment

Why do I care so much?

I have found that I really LOVE my Stampin’ Trimmer and the little blades that come with it work great.  But when you are cutting grittier material (like glimmer paper) or want to cut more than one sheet of cardstock at a time, the little blades just don’t do as good a job. 

So I had been periodically missing my rotary cutting board (except not missing the fact that that Fiskars board could not cut a cardbase straight if I had to!).  But now I have the best of both worlds!  This replaces the clear arm and track for the little blades and the rotary attachment is available as of 8/9/2013!  So, I’ll be ordering mine today and will let you know how it goes. Smile 


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Getting Out of a Crafting Slump w/ a Holiday Catalog Hop!

I know me, and once I let life overwhelm me and I set my crafting aside because I’m busy trying to deal with the house, family, etc; I find myself getting into a crafting slump.  You know, that time when you look at your craft supplies, get so excited to create something cute (or find yourself needing that last minute birthday card) and you sit down at your table….. and just stare at your supplies.

That was me.  I saw so many great ideas at convention, had some cool topics for blog posts, but was having the hardest time finding the mojo to get started.

But – that is why I said YES! when I was invited to join the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad and their monthly blog hops.  Because I know me and to get me out of my slump, I needed a theme to focus on and a deadline that I had to get it done by. Smile  And it worked for me!  I sat down with a few ideas, started pulling out some paper and by the time I was done with my first card I had ideas for a few more and couldn’t wait to have time to play more!

August Blog Hop – Holiday Catalog Projects

Card 1 – A Stenciled Halloween

When I first checked out the Holiday Catalog, I wasn’t too excited by the Build-a-Banner kits.  But then I saw all the fun projects created with them at convention and I had a major change of heart.  I love the banners and can’t wait to make my first one, but I was even MORE excited by the stencils!  I know, I know, there isn’t anything new about stencils, but –hey- they are new to me! Smile 

And for my first attempt with them, I figured why not try to do some heat embossing while I’m at it?  I don’t own any current halloween stamps but I loved the fact that I could still do spooky without even needing a stamp at all!

So to make the “boo” on my cardfront, I tapped and smeared VersaMark ink over the stenciled opening (starting with the “b”) and quickly picked up the stencil, sprinkled white embossing powder, and heated with my heat gun.  Then repeat for each letter as you go through the word.

 how to heat emboss with stencils

The rest of the card came together quickly as well because I used the new Witches Brew designer paper which had those cool orange spiders in the perfect spacing for me.  Sponge the edge with some White craft ink and layer over a Basic Gray cardbase and you are done! 

Card 2 – Bow Tie Celebration!

But one card just wasn’t enough for me.  I told you, when I was done I had more ideas I wanted to play with.  Well, this next card was using the new Gift Bow Bigz Die.  I had seen a card by Ronda Wade that had a more flat looking bow and I wanted to try to create one myself.  Ta-da!

The neat thing about this bow is that all the pieces for it is cut out of 1-sheet of designer paper from the new Season of Style designer series stack (you know, those paper stacks that are 4.5” x 6.5”?)

See, check it out

gift bow cut outs

Then all you have to do is cut that top die cut shape in half to make your two flat bow “loops”.  I found that if you lined up a flat edge at 2” you will cut straight down the middle too.

cutting to make a flat bow


I glued my bow together with sticky strip and Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered it over some of the new Burlap Ribbon.  Finally, I stamped my sentiment from Seasonal Sayings but thought it needed some extra pop so I coated it with Crystal Effects.  Makes it feel more like a celebration to me. Smile 

And with that, I even created one more card for tomorrow’s blog post and I’m back in the groove!

So if you are in a mojo slump, here is my challenge to you!

  1. Visit the incredibly talented stampers participating in this month’s blog hop (see the full list below)
  2. Find 30 minutes this week and head to your craft room
  3. Pick an item you were excited to purchase, but haven’t even used it yet! 
  4. Create something, anything, even if you have no idea what to make, start cutting and stamping using the item you picked.  Copy a project you’ve seen on the hop or visit one of the many great challenge blogs and inspiration blogs out there to help get you started if you need it.
  5. Finish and share your project by 8/16! 
    Show it to a friend, post it on Facebook, or come back and leave a comment that you’ve completed the challenge and share it with me!  Feel free to link to your project too so we can see what creative project you’ve created.

Ready to be inspired?

Check out all of the great talent in this month’s line up!

Blog Hop Participants:

Enjoy and have fun creating!

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Quick Thank You Cards with Chalk Talk

I’ve been learning something about myself this week – when I’m in the middle of a big task, I have a hard time focusing on other things.  So, in this case, when I completely pull apart my craft room,

Messy Craft Room

I was having a heck of a time bringing myself to do any new crafting or even work on blog posts.  Instead I have been focused on organizing my stamps, converting my woodmount stamps to the new woodmount cases, and figuring out what items I can bring myself to part with for my craft garage sale August 17th & 18th (the pile is growing for sure!)

But my room is just about ready to go – and I promise I’ll share pictures of the reorganized space this weekend – so I wanted to stop back over here on the blog to say hello and share a set of cards that my mom, Kathy Thisted, made for me that I thought were so cute!

I loved these little mini thank you cards and thought they were a fun way to use the new Chalk Talk stamp set.  Since the stamp set coordinates with the Chalk Talk framelits (and gets you a discount when you buy both in a bundle), many of the samples I’ve seen used the framelits with the stamps.  So I loved seeing some quick ideas using the stamps without the dies.


Card Supplies Used
Stamps- Chalk Talk
Paper- 2013-2015 In Colors, Basic Black
Ink- Whisper White craft ink
Accessories- White gel pen, Natural Trim ribbon, White 1/4” grosgrain (retired), striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), White embossing powder, heat gun

Blog Hop Tomorrow!
Join me tomorrow as it is the monthly blog hop as well the kick off of a new blog that I am an inaugural design team member for!  Should be lots of fun. Smile   See you tomorrow!


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