Holiday Extravaganza

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SU has a secret!  There is going to be an incredible promotion beginning Nov. 26.  Just in time for the upcoming holidays…ideas, specials and products for gift wrapping and tags, decorating, gift giving and card making.  Stay tuned!

Desktop Calendar

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I worked really hard, late into the night last night and got 9 out of 12 pages done for the Desktop Calendar class on the 25th.  It came along fabulously!

For $25, you will make 12 6×6 scrapbook pages to fit into a desktop calendar.  This is my most favorite gift to give.  I always give a 6×6 scrapbook along with it, so at the end of the year, grandma can pull the pages out and have a scrapbook to keep.  Genius!

You will be able to make each page in less than 10 minutes…most are very basic, some include embossing, rubons, and the chalkboard technique.  You don’t want to miss this! 

Register on my events page.


Baroque Motifs Monograms

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This is the gift that I have been giving to friends, teachers and anyone else I need a little gift for.  Who doesn’t love a set of monogrammed cards?

What do you need?

  • Baroque Motifs Stamp Set
  • 2 ink pads, I used chocolate chip and rose red
  • 1 or 2 packs of coordinating cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • White Envelopes
  • 2 way glue and dazzling diamonds glitter
  • Lovely Letters

From this kit, you can get tons of gifts…and when your cardstock runs out, you still have your ink and stamps to use forever!

Shop Here and have delivered straight to your door.

just jawing, dentist appt?

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My terribly creative friend, Deena Boos, shared this card with me that she sent to her son’s orthodontist office.  I’m dyin’ over this!  She used a versamarker to draw on the braces, then used silver embossing powder.  Love IT!

just jawing…not just for Halloween!

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Here is another one shamelessly CASED from my friend Kimberly VanDiepen.  Actually, my buddy Amy Fitzgerald made it…she made one for me and one for herself.  It uses Just Jawing Stamp Set, Ghostly Greetings, Pink Pirouette cardstock and ink, Chunky Sprinkles Glitter applied with a 2 Way Glue Pen.   Wouldn’t you love it if someone sent one of these to you!!???

Well, one day my almost-4-year-old was hanging out in the stamp room with me and decided she wanted to make one.  I told her she could if she gave it away (unlike her mother who mostly hoards her cards!).  She chose her preschool teacher, Miss Peg.

Here is her version:

I think we brightened Miss Peg’s day and Eva was pretty proud of herself!

Welcome Home Kenly!

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We picked up our new puppy first thing Sat. morning.  What a wonderful day it was and I thought about the fact that this is a day our children will remember…and even if Eva, our youngest doesn’t, I have plenty of pictures to remind her!

We had an hour drive home and we each got about 15 minutes to hold him.

He did great when we got home.  Played a bit, but then slept for hours all day long.  We are crate training him and he gets right in there, many times on his own! 

Other than the kids bossing each other around, fighting over him and wanting to play with him constantly, it’s been a dream!  LOL!

These pictures crack me up!

It’s going to be a fun adventure….

Holy Pumpkins!

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This pumpkin created quite the buzz at my club in October so I decided we would make them in November.  I am also going to make about 12 of them for the teacher’s fall luncheon at school.  You can also substitute holiday paper, forgo the leaves and you have ornaments!  Let me know if you make some!

Pumpkin 3-D project  









1. Cut two sheets of Pumpkin Pie card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) into 1″ wide strips. Wheel Bella’s Border in Pumpkin Pie ink on Pumpkin Pie card stock strips. Punch hole through top and bottom of strips using Crop-A-Dile. Knot bottom of Old Olive 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (4″) and thread through holes; knot top of ribbon and spread strips of card stock to create pumpkin shape.
2. Tie Old Olive 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon (24″) in a bow; adhere bow to top of pumpkin.
3. Stamp leaf image twice in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock (6″ x 6″); cut out. Adhere one leaf to top of pumpkin.
4. Stamp name in Old Olive ink and “With gratitude” in Basic Gray ink on Very Vanilla card stock (4″ x 1-1/2″). Punch left corners using Tag Corner punch. Attach Silver eyelet to tag using Crop-A-Dile. Adhere second leaf to tag; adhere tag to pumpkin using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Thread linen thread through eyelet and tie to bow.

Cards and Projects

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Ready for the next step in Stamping?  A hostess club may be for you! 

For a limited time, come to your first club event, Cards and Projects or Extreme Scrapbooking for free!

If you decide to join, your minimum purchase is just $15 per month for 10 months…one of those months you will get the hostess benefits.  You also have an optional free class to attend each month.  It’s a win/win!  You get free goodies, a free class, you learn how to use the hottest tools and learn new stamping techniques, all while hanging out with a bunch of fun gals!

Here is what we’re making this month on Nov. 2 and 3.  Sign up on the events page!

Party Hearty!

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Another card from my fabulous upline, Karin Grotjohn. 

There are so many things I love about this card.  The colors (not my normal colors, too!), the little hat, the clip, the torn edge, the simplicity, the clip, the clip!!!

You know you can order these clips from me, you know!

Don’t forget this stamp set is 20% off in October!

Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango.


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 Everytime I show this nifty little tool, those that haven’t ever seen it LOVE it!  It’s called a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  And for $11.95, you’ll find it an affordable piece that you can’t resist!

First, line the imaging sheet up in the corner of your SAMJ.  Then line your stamp in the corner as well and stamp your image.

 Line up your imaging sheet so the image you just stamped is where you want it. 

 Place your SAMJ at the corner of the imaging sheet, remove the imaging sheet, then line your stamp with the SAMJ and stamp!


Simple Cards to CASE

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Ready to dive into making Christmas cards?   Keep an eye out here for a series of simple, copiable cards for you along with the supply list.  Simply go here to shop now and place your online order.

This was by far the favorite card at my recent Christmas Card Crank.  You will need:

111772Mr Twigsterpg. 20 Holiday mini$13.95
113057Frosty Day DSPpg. 21 Holiday mini$9.95
105120Bashful Blue CSpg. 165$5.50
101731White Craft Inkpg. 163$7.50
100730White Cardstockpg. 163$7.95
101406Black Stazonpg. 193$7.50
101049Stamp-A-Ma-Jigpg. 192$11.95
102845Blender Penspg. 193$9.95
111834Tangerine Tango Ink padpg. 162$5.25
102277Old Olive Ink Padpg. 164$5.25
101893Itty Bitty Backgroundspg. 122$12.95
111879Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbonpg. 187$7.95
107215Tag Corner Punchpg. 188$6.95
103683Mini Glue Dots (for ribbon)pg. 191$3.95

Most of these supplies are non-consumable, so you’ll have them for future projects as well!

Happy stamping,



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My upline, Karin Grotjohn gave me a goody pack of card samples the other day!  Let me share…

Scandanavian Season

Love the Felt Flurries here!

Party Hearty and some of our great new Filigree Brads.

This cute little notecard that fits into the decorated envelope is made with the set Owl Together Now.

Stampin’ Up on the Tele!

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Co Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up had a TV spot the other day showing beautiful table settings for three different upcoming holidays, all made from one package of our new Ski Slope Designer Series paper, along with a variety of different accessories.

Holiday Place Settings

It’s the ultimate party prep three-peat! Get busy now, and one efficient holiday table setting design will carry you through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Click here to see the video.

Each place setting includes a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti – all based on the same template. Just for Studio 5 viewers, Stampin’ Up CEO Shelli Gardner shares the design tricks that give that template three terrific twists.

Supply List


Stamp Sets
Cute & Curly Punch Label bundle
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Holiday Blitz
Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers
Wild West Alphabet 

Stampin’ Pads
Baja Breeze Classic
Chocolate Chip Classic
Old Olive Classic
Real Red Classic


Card Stock/Paper
Ski Slope Designer Series paper
Baja Breeze card stock
Chocolate Chip card stock
Naturals White card stock
Old Olive card stock
Real Red card stock


Big Shot die cutting machine
Pillow Box die
Scallop Circle #2 die
Top Note Bigz die


Pretties Kit
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware


Anywhere Glue Stick
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Two-Way Glue Pen


1/16 Circle punch
3/4 Circle punch
Horizontal Slot punch


vAlpine Ribbon Originals
Baja Breeze 5/8 striped grosgrain ribbon
Linen thread
Silver elastic cord


Acetate (from office supply store; thick)
Bone folder
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter




Napkin ring
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock, stamp (on New Year’s napkin ring), fold, and smooth folds using bone folder. Stamp label image, punch out and/or cut, and adhere to napkin ring. Punch out slots and tie together with ribbon (Note: New Year’s napkin ring is tied together with Silver elastic cord). Accent as shown.


Name plate
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die; stamp (on New Year’s name plate), fold in half, and smooth fold with bone folder. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock (Note: layer paper on Old Olive card stock first for Christmas name plate). Accent as shown.


Make favor box using Pillow Box die, and fill with treats. Create belly band out of Designer Series paper (Note: layer paper for New Year’s favor), and adhere to favor. Stamp label image, and punch out. Adhere label and accent as shown.


Make several large and small scallop circles out of Designer Series paper. Stamp and cut out/punch smaller images (acorns for Thanksgiving, trees for Christmas, and snowflakes for New Year’s) as shown. Glue glitter on snowflakes.

New Family Member

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We had one of the greatest dogs on earth, Major, for 14 1/2 years.  He passed away almost 3 years ago.  At the time we were knee deep in little kids running and crawling around and didn’t feel like we were ready to take on another one.

Fast forward almost 3 years…we have 2 kids in Elementary School, one in 3 mornings per week preschool and things are settling down a bit….yes, just a bit. 

Well, we really want our children to grow up with a dog in their lives and our oldest is 9.  After a lot of thought and talk about when, how, why, what kind….look at who we found last night:

He is almost 5 weeks now, so we can’t take him home until Sat., Nov. 1.  We can’t wait!

Here he is with some of his siblings.

Now for the names…on the table right now are Max, Sam, Kenly (that’s the name of the town he is in).

Then I called him Prince Charming and Alana loved that name and wants to call him Charming.  Well, we are considering that for a middle name.  Alana is really on this name thing and suggested Chester.

Chester Charming.

Chess for short.

What do you think?  Any other suggestions for us?

Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon, Chapel Hill

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Some of you that have been hangin’ around with me have heard me freaking out for about the past 9 months because I signed up for the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon.  Triathlon?  Are you kidding me?  I could barely run then.  

But, I swam, I biked, and I ran…and on Sunday, I joined my 2 sister-in-laws for the Tri.   I felt pretty good starting out.  I was in line waiting to get in the pool for the swim, and there was my family huddled at the window outside the pool waving like crazy at me.  I have the best husband around.  It was cold.  It was early.  And it was his birthday!  My girls even made a sign to cheer me on. 

The swim went well, the bike was a bit hard and the run was a challenge…I was pretty tired by then.  But I just kept going and I made it! 

When I finished, I had a few tears because…wow…I finished!  I did a triathlon!  I felt pretty good!  And now my 9 year old daughter wants to do it with me next year.  How cool will that be??!!