Thanksgiving Album from the Tablescape Setting Kit

I was given one of the Tablescape Setting kits this fall and while I thought it was cute for it’s intended purpose – making neat table settings and food labels – I knew I wasn’t going to be hosting Thanksgiving this year and realistically, wouldn’t be needing table decorations. 

This is how the kit is designed to be used


But, I decided to create a mini-scrapbook album instead!  I used all of the pocket cards to become pocket pages in my album and turned the black squares into photo frames (I just need to print the photos from yesterday to add them to the pages).  You get 20 pages for your album and still end up with LOTS of supplies left over!

Here are a few of the pages I created:

Many of the double pages, I’ll put a photo of the family member from Thanksgiving and use the insert page to write a bit about what they are thankful for this year and memories of or from them.


Other pages will just have pictures or descriptions from our day together.


I plan to punch holes in the pocket pages and use rings to hold the pages together.

All you need to complete this project is the Tablescape Bundle and some brown ink and a sponge (I used Soft Suede).

The bundle includes everything you see above including the Thankful For single stamp.

So, hopefully this gives you some ideas for preserving your favorite memories!

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Black Friday Shopping Special!

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and I wanted to make it a little easier for you to get some of your crafting wishlist taken care of without the hassle of long lines and worrying about stores running out of the special deal before you get there!

So, as my thanks to you for being my stamping friends, I’m offering a Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal!

Black Friday only!


Use it to get free shipping on anything currently available from Stampin’ Up! and stack the savings when you shop from the

To get your free shipping, call me or email me at with your order.  Or, shop in the online store and when I see your order come in, I will send you out a refund for your shipping amount!

Happy Shopping!

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PS – if the Big Shot is on your wishlist, you won’t want to miss my Cyber Monday specialGet the Big Shot for 25% off!  Plus, if your order is $150 before the Big Shot discount, you’ll receive $25 in hostess benefits!  So, that is $175 in awesome goodies for only $125!

Elegant Glitter Floral Frames Card & Weekly Deals!

When I saw the weekly deals this morning, I thought it was so cool that Floral Frames framelits were on sale and it made me think of my favorite card I’ve made with these framelits.  Wanna see?

Glitter floral frames elegant card

Sorry it isn’t the nicest picture, but it is what I had from when I made it a while back.  It is easy to make thanks to the different size flowers in the floral frames framelit set and when you use the coordinating Daydream Medallions stamp set it comes together in a snap.

Project Supplies

Here is everything available on the weekly deal starting today and going through Dec 2nd:

Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Item # 127012

Regular Price: $26.95
Discounted Price: $20.21 US

Peekaboo Frames Bigz Large Die
Item # 124587

Regular Price: $32.95
Discounted Price: $24.71

Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad
Item # 131181

Regular Price: $5.95
Discounted Price: $4.46

Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
Item # 131262

Regular Price: $28.95
Discounted Price: $21.71

1″ Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $15.95
Discounted Price: $11.96

Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130012

Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71


Don’t Forget!

Use Hostess Code – VPESSGUJ when shopping and you will be entered to WIN a minimum of $25 in your choice of free benefits!

Beautifully  Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130917
Regular Price: $7.95
Discounted Price: $5.96

Compilation of Recipes Designer Template
Item # 127755

Regular Price: $14.95
Discounted Price: $8.97



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Sponged Vellum Flowers Make Great Cards!

I finally got some time this weekend to play for a while in my craft room and it felt great!  I was finishing up samples and projects for today’s Creating with Vellum class and once again ended up with way more samples and ideas than I had time to create to share, let alone everyone have time to do in the class.  But, I guess that just means some extra videos (and maybe creating with vellum round 2) is in order!

But this is the first card I created to show at the class and it got such a popular response on my Facebook page when I shared it yesterday that I decided to make it one of the class projects for today.

Sponged Vellum Flowers card

Vellum is a great medium for sponging and getting a beautifully soft look for whatever your project is.  In this case, I used the same base piece of vellum and punched out with the Pansy punch three times and then sponged with Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, and Strawberry Slush.  Add a pearl on the middle of each flower to hide the glue dots that I used to adhere the flowers to my card, and they are secure without glue everywhere.  Pretty, right?

I can’t wait to see how everyone likes it today since it is even nicer in person! 

And if you are in the Seattle area, I am running this class today at 2pm (at my home) and at 7pm (at Panera in Redmond) and due to some last minute cancellations, I still have some spots – so if you are interested in coming, let me know ASAP and I’ll get you all the details!  Email me at

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A Starry Christmas Wreath for a Card

Yesterday I shared a post highlighting the 4 holiday different cards I made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, which made some cute Christmas cards.  Well, I ended up with extra star garlands and I had seen a very simple card by Lyssa Zwolanek that used the star garland as a wreath and I thought it looked super cute, so I just had to make my own!

My favorite thing about this type of card is that it is a perfect way to use up the odds and ends lying around your craft table.  This card used:

If you didn’t get this month’s Paper Pumpkin, you could recreate this look by using the small star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and then use a sewing machine or hand stitch … or if you aren’t much of a sewer, like me, you can do some faux stitching with a white pen for a similar effect!


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Save up to 50% off with the big Holiday Sale!

Stampin’ Up’s big “Black Friday” sale is on now and there are a bunch of great products and exclusive bundles just for the sale discounted from 20% to 50% off!  The sale runs from Nov 20th – Dec 2nd.

Check out all the great deals either as a PDF or with pictures in the Online Store


View the full Holiday Sale Flyer

Check out the sale in the online store

Combine sale items with clearance rack favorites for awesome deals and holiday gifts.  Get your favorites by emailing me at or shopping in my online store.

Mystery Hostess Giveaway!  Use Hostess Code VPESSGUJ when shopping to be entered to win a minimum of $25 in your choice of free benefits.  Happy shopping!

Adding Some Holiday Cheer Thanks to Paper Pumpkin

So, you’ve probably heard me mention My Paper Pumpkin before.  It is a monthly kit subscription from Stampin’ Up that contains everything you need (except standard glue and scissors) to complete a surprise project – typically in about 30 minutes.

Often it is a set of 4 cards, but they mix it up with mini-scrapbooks, giftables, and 3D items.  I’ll be the first to admit that some months have been cute while others I was not so excited by… but I LOVED the kit this month and just had to share some of the fun cards I made.

This is the first card that I did exactly as shown in the kit

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin Christmas card sample 1Then I challenged myself to come up with a few more variations using only the items in my kit from this month.  I think they turned out pretty fun too!

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 2

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 3

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 4

See, fun right?

And, I have a TON of the stitched stars left and I love the “Wishing You a Merry Christmas” stamp.  I’ll be sure to be using it more in the future.

Now I’m excited to see what is coming next month.  If you are subscribed, I’d love to hear what you think of this month!

If you aren’t subscribed and want to give it a try, you can check it out here –
My Paper Pumpkin website

I’ll be back tomorrow with a card that I created mixing extra supplies from this month’s kit and items from the Holiday Sale.  So, hope to see you tomorrow.


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Big Holiday Sale with Can’t-Miss Doorbusters Starts Now!

**Quick Note – LAST CALL for RSVPs for the Festive Flurries Snowflake Décor Class!
It will be a super fun afternoon on the 30th.  So, check it out and let me know if you can make it! **

I told you last week that Stampin’ Up! was going to be kicking off their holiday sale TODAY and they are starting it off with a bang!  They have 3 items that are on 24hr door busters and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the Many Marvelous Markers set or the Stampin’ Trimmer on sale, so if you’ve been wanting these, don’t let them pass you by.

*** Shop the 24hr Sale Here! ***
Don’t forget the hostess code – KVRHMCG4 to be entered to win the hostess benefits!


There are LOTS of other items that are on sale starting today and going through December 2nd.  Check out all your options on the flyer below.

View the PDF version of the Flyer Here

My favorites include:

  • Stitched Satin Ribbon for 40% off (only $5.37 a spool!)
  • Squares and Circle Framelits for 25% off ($20.21 each)
  • Notecards & Envelopes for 30% off ($3.85 for 20 card bases and envelopes!)
  • Very Merry Artisan Punch bundle for 30% off (cute holiday stamp set and a matching punch for $23.73!)
  • Cheers single stamp for 40% off (only $3.57!)

Shop the Sale Online Here!

Win Free Stamps with the Mystery Hostess Events!

I can’t wait to give a few people some early Christmas presents, so I’m holding some Mystery Hostess events!  I will have the kick-off event that is happening now for the group order going in tonight, and then starting tomorrow I’ll begin a second one for the remainder of the Holiday Sale.

Holiday Sale Kick-Off Mystery Hostess Event
Hostess Code:  KVRHMCG4
  • What:  Every order placed between now and 12/2 at 11:00pm MST will get you entered in a drawing to win a minimum of $25 in free Stampin’ Up! product!
  • How:  Shop my online store or email me at to order any of the weekly deals, Holiday Sale specials, Clearance Rack, or any other catalog products.
  • When:  I’ll be putting in the second group order the evening of 12/2 and I’ll be giving away a minimum of $25 in hostess benefits from that order!  So, the hostess code will be closing then and so you must place your orders before 11:00pm MST.


Want even more free stamps for yourself?

This is a great time to host an online party as well!
Get the items you want from the sale, let your friends get the items they want, and have it all count towards free goodies for your party!  I can get a Hostess code set up and out to you today so you can take advantage of the doorbusters as part of your party!  Email me a to get your code.

I can also set up a facebook group or event to help share with everyone the different specials and project ideas using the items in the sale!  So just let me know what works best for you.

Ok, got all that?  I’ll try to put together a picture view of all the items in the Holiday Sale later today and will try to have it up by tomorrow.

In the meantime, happy shopping and don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions!


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Fun Ideas for Gift Giving for a Holiday Blog Hop!

As promised in my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter yesterday, today I’m back with a fun blog hop to give you even more ideas for the holiday season!  So sit back and enjoy the ideas!

Thank you so much for joining us for the November Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on Christmas. While we have yet to give thanks this month, some of us are already thinking about sending Christmas cards, what kind of packaging to present gifts in and how we want to deck our halls. On this month’s blog hop we are showcasing many of the Stampin’ Up! products that are available in the Holiday Catalog. You will see everything from cards to gift tags to 3-D décor and gift packaging. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the products to create our projects and feel inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.  Remember you can order all of the products showcased from your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

 You should have just left stop number 13 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – the oh so fabulous Pam Wu. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 Holiday Gift Box & Card

So, my project set that I wanted to show you today was a neat way to use some of the latest from the Holiday catalog as well as taking advantage of the current specials (Holiday Tag It Bundle, which includes the box, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, and Baker’s Twine I used) and sales (Weekly Deals – Burlap Ribbon!) to make these gifts for an even better deal! 🙂  Because, seriously who doesn’t love the thrill of getting a deal on your holiday gifts?

Anyway, so this is what I created:

Window gift box with Best of Snow hedgehogs

This is the very quick to assemble window gift box that has a belly band made of the Burlap ribbon (who knew this stuff was going to be this great to work with) a bow of the 1″ Cherry Cobbler ribbon (which I might add is way softer than you think it is going to be!!) and a tag made with favorite bundle right now, the Tags 4 you stamp set and Bracket Label punch.

Now, one of the things I love doing with this Tags 4 You stamp set is to add a bit of Dazzling Details to make it super sparkly.  It is always super hard to photograph but I think I finally caught it. 🙂
Dazzling details tags 4 you

Can you see the sparkle?  I added the glitter to all of the white parts of the tag plus to the centers of the “o”s.  Just for a little pop.

And on the side, this isn’t just any plain old burlap ribbon… oh no… this is CUSTOM baby!!  I grabbed my Chevron background stamp and Gumball Green ink and stamped some chevrons around the ribbon.  Isn’t it a fun touch?

Window gift box with stamped burlap ribbon

And in case you were wondering, those adorable hedgehogs in the window?  Those are actually from the new Best of Snow stamp set that came out this month.  I just had to get the set because not only does it have the hedgehogs, but it has a cute snowman, a snowflake (that fits the Festive Flurries framelits!) and a stamp that matches the Bracket Label punch!  Sweet, right?
Best of Snow card with gift boxHere is what it looks like when you pull the card out, but I love how you can see them perfectly through the window of the card.  I again used the burlap ribbon and then had a background from the Season of Style designer paper pad.  Its quick, easy, and super cute.

Now imagine that hedgehog circle on top of a cute belly band or gift inside the box.  A cool way to package up your gifts in a way that looks adorable in every stage.

So I hope you enjoyed my ideas for you today and maybe found some gems in the Holiday catalog you hadn’t noticed before.  There are lots more ideas for you on the hop today so check them out and have fun!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun
  2. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  3. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  4. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  6. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  9. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  11. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  12. Anastasia R. of Stampin’ Blondie
  13. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  14. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper <—- YOU ARE HERE!
  15. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity
  16. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup


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Weekly Deals to Help You Get Ready for Gifting!

When I saw the specials that Stampin’ Up! released today, all I could think about was cute gifts and packaging! 

Nov 12-18 weekly deals

What can you make with these?

I mean, imagine how fast and cute this decorated gift box would be:

  1. Stamp some cute snowflake or other image on the Gift Box
  2. Create a cute belly band with the Burlap ribbon
  3. Cut out a coordinating bow with the Gift Bow die to stick on top…
  4. Done!



If you need teachers gifts or classroom treats, or something to put at the table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Get one of the Goodie Gear kits (Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving/fall, Real Red for Christmas)
  2. Add chocolate or nuts to the bags and tie closed
  3. Done!


Create stocking stuffers or get started on a cute advent calendar with the Mini Muslin bags:

  1. Stamp numbers on the muslin bags (I would recommend the Morning Post numbers stamp set)
  2. Fill with one activity or treat per day
  3. Place in a cute bucket or hang from clothespins on a ribbon
  4. Done!


Fun right?

These deals are only available for a week, so make sure to hop over to the online store or email me at to get in on this weeks group order!


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