Posted on February 21, 2018

Blossoming Basket Bundle

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Sale-A-Bration

Oh my goodness! Sale-A-Bration just gets better and better every year! This year there are extra choices that you can get when you spend $100 and we just had a second round of choices released. Check out today’s sample made with the Blossoming Basket Bundle.

Blossoming Basket Bundle

This bundle comes with this beautiful basket AND a basket weave embossing folder…both are FREE with a $100 order. I see many uses for this darling image, especially with Easter and Mother’s Day coming up!

This image was colored with several of the new Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers; have you had a chance to try these markers yet? I love, love them!

In case you want to try making this card, here are the instructions.


  • Stamp Set: Blossoming Basket Bundle* {Blossoming Basket Stamp Set + Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (147504 wood; 147505 clear mount)}
  • Cardstock and Paper: Rich Razzleberry (115316), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White Thick (140272), and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (144177)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979), Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (132708)
  • Miscellaneous: Stampin’ Blends Old Olive Combo Pack (144597), Rich Razzleberry Combo Pack (144602), Crumb Cake Combo Pack (144601), Daffodil Delight Dark (144585), and Pool Party Light (144595); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear (141897), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Simple Stripes Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (145648), Berry Burst ½” Finely Woven Ribbon (144133), Silver Mini Metallic Trim (144230), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) and Paper Snips (103579)

* = Bundle may only be earned with a qualifying order before March 31, 2018. Embossing folder will be available in the 2018-19 annual catalog.


  • Crumb Cake card base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” then folded
  • Darker wood sheet from Designer Series Paper: 4-3/4” x 3-3/4”
  • Lighter wood sheet: scrap about 3” x ¾”
  • Rich Razzleberry: 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”
  • Whisper White Thick: 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”, 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Ribbons: Berry Burst 9” strand and 5-1/2” strand; Silver Mini Metallic Sequin ¾”


  1. Ink basket image with Memento Ink then use Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it in a balanced fashion onto Whisper White Thick cardstock.
  2. Re-ink enough of the image to be able to stamp a set of the three flowers onto the 2nd piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock.
  3. Using the Stampin’ Blends, color in the full basket image then color the 2nd set of flowers. Fussy the 2nd flowers with Paper Snips, accent with Wink of Stella and set aside.
  4. Adhere the basket image piece to the Rich Razzleberry mat using SNAIL Adhesive.
  5. Using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere flowers to top of flowers on basket image.
  6. Run Crumb Cake card base through Big Shot using Simple Stripes embossing folder. Align card stock in folder so the stripes are horizontal and so they are concave on the front (with the back of the embossing folder on top).
  7. Run darker wood Designer Series Paper (DSP) through Big Shot with the Basket Weave embossing folder.
  8. Stamp sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink onto lighter wood DSP. Trim to be 2-5/8” x ½” then, using Paper Snips, create banner end on left.
  9. Using Tear & Tape, adhere the 5-1/2” piece of Berry Burst ribbon so that the bottom edge of it is about 1-3/8” from bottom of dark wood DSP and so it wraps around back of DSP.
  10. Tie bow with 9” strand of Berry Burst ribbon and trim ends. Set aside.
  11. With Tear & Tape, adhere dark wood DSP to Crumb Cake base.
  12. With Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere sentiment flush right to edge of dark DSP positioning so sentiment piece is ¼” from the bottom.
  13. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere Rich Razzleberry focal piece to dark DSP.
  14. With one Mini Glue Dot, attach bow to edge of basket piece towards lower left.
  15. Squeeze a little dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto scrap paper then use tip to lift then place ma tiny dab of glue where you want the Mini Metallic Sequins to go. Position sequins using the tip of your Paper Snips as tweezers. Let dry.
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Posted on February 16, 2018

New Sale-a-Bration Choices Are Available NOW!

Announcements/ Sale-A-Bration

Oh my gosh… I just love the new Sale-a-Bration choices! I think you are going to love them, too. The best thing is…the New Sale-a-Bration Choices Are Available NOW! I’ll be sharing samples here on the blog but in case you haven’t seen the new offerings, click the pdf below:


It’s hard to pick just one favorite of the new choices, but here is the frontrunner for me:

New Sale-a-Bration Choices Are Available NOW!

This is the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is just gorgeous, don’t you think?

This DSP includes metallic foiled heavyweight paper in gold, silver, and…ROSE GOLD!! Woo hoo! This is totally on trend right now. You can get this FREE with a minimum $50 merchandise order.

Here’s a sneak peek of a fun technique to do with a Black Memento Ink Pad and the leaf sheet. I’ll post the finished card on Monday, along with another sample.

It’s just so much fun to Sale-a-Brate!!!


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Posted on February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope all of you have a day filled with love, laughter, and…chocolate! 🙂 Thank you all for supporting me and my business! Today’s share is a project you can use but also expresses my thanks to all of you!

Many of the products used in making this card are “valentine” related. But, I wanted to show how you can take holiday-themed stamp sets and paper and use them for other occasions.

Happy Valentine's Day!


  • Paper – Powder Pink (144244); Fresh Fig (144242); Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (145580)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark Ink Pad (102283)
  • Misc.- 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows (144217); 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Fresh Fig 1/8” Sheer Ribbon (144174); Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109129); Heat Tool (129053); Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707); Big Shot (143263); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Fresh Fig 5 ½ x 8 ½, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8, 2 ½” x 7/8”
  • Powder Pink 3 ¾ x 5, 3 x 3, 2 ½ x ¾”


  1. Adhere the pieces of DSP to the Powder Pink layer.
  2. Wrap a 7” piece of ribbon around the long seam and secure to the back.
  3. Add a 2” piece of ribbon to cover the short top seam, secure the one on the front with a Glue Dot.
  4. Ink heart image and sentiment in Versamark, stamp on the pieces of Powder Pink, cover with Gold Emboss Powder and heat set.
  5. Crop heart image with the coordinating heart framelit and add to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Color the flowers with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker.
  7. Snip the left end of the sentiment and add to the strip of Fresh Fig and mimic the banner end on the fig layer.
  8. Add DSP layer to the piece of Fresh Fig and then to the card base.
  9. Add the Fresh Fig bow to the heart where shown.


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Posted on February 13, 2018

A Moment Of Reflection As A Brave Officer Is Laid To Rest


Hello stampers! I hope you will indulge me today to diverge a bit from my usual crafty oriented blog posts. Today a wonderful man was laid to rest, Officer David Sherrard. He and his family are part of the neighborhood community in which my husband Dave and I live. This brave police officer was gunned down answering a 911 call a week ago.

A Moment Of Reflection As A Brave Officer Is Laid To Rest

As I watched the Livestream of his funeral at a local church, I reflected on many things and I wanted to share them with you.

First, his faith was at the top of his priorities each and every day. Every speaker at his funeral talked about how he lived out his faith in his community, at work, and, most importantly, at home with his family. He was passing on something so valuable to the next generation.  As I watched person after person speak, I reflected on if my faith is obvious to those who know me well and also to those strangers with whom I interact each day. I hope so.

Second, none of us know if today might be our last so we need to cherish each and every day and be sure those near to us truly know of our love for them. The love David felt for his family came through so strong with each and every speaker. Not a one left the podium without mentioning of his deep love for his wife and his two girls. What a legacy he left. Do we do that? I hope so.

Finally, David Sherrard was quite a prankster and possessed a happy spirit. Joy exuded from this man and his sense of humor, no doubt, got him through many dark days as a police officer. Is joy flowing abundantly from us? I hope so.

This family and extended family had their lives changed forever in a blink of an eye. They will not have David’s physical presence with them as they struggle to put their lives back together following this deep loss. But, I daresay, he will be present in their hearts and they will treasure the memories of his faith, his love, and his joy.

I pray all of us will live our lives as David did, finding joy each day, in the hard things as well as the happy times.

Thank you for the joy all of you bring into my life and I hope I am in some small way able to bring that to you as well! God bless! 🙂



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Posted on February 9, 2018

Let’s Play Olympic Trivia For A Prize!


I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the Winter Olympics! The summer games are thrilling as well,  but something about watching downhill skiers go through those moguls at extreme speeds is so exciting! SO…..Let’s Play Olympic Trivia For A Prize! Be the first person to leave a comment below with the correct answers to the following ten Olympic Trivia questions and you’ll receive your choice of any $25 stamp set for free! Ready…Set…GO!

  1. Which athlete was known as “America’s Sweetheart”?
  2. Which athlete was known for her bubbly personality and gorgeous, engaging smile?
  3. In which Olympics did #2 compete and in which city was it held?
  4. Which sportscaster recently retired from his role in broadcasting from the Olympics?
  5. Which athlete became America’s first female golf celebrity?
  6. How many medals did the US win (total number) at the third Olympic Games held in St. Louis, Missouri?
  7. What is the only Olympic event in which a mother and daughter both competed?
  8. Which athlete has won the most Olympic medals to date?
  9. Before it begins its trip through 20 countries, where does the journey of the Olympic Torch begin?
  10. Blue, red, and green are three colors of the rings in the Olympic Flag. What are the other two?

BONUS QUESTION: if you get this correct, I’ll throw in a pack of gold faceted gems! 🙂


In which sport did my older brother compete in the Olympic Trials?

If no one gets all the correct answers before then, contest will end at 11:59 on Sunday evening (CST). Whoever has the most correct answers will win the prize/s. In case of a tie, I will contact those involved with a tie-breaker question.

Have fun and enjoy the opening ceremony tonight!





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