Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beauty of the Season - Stampin' Up!

The new Holiday Catalog is here! I'm preparing this blog posting in advance, so I'm not quite sure when Stampin' Up! is making the catalog available online. I will update this blog with the link once it is live. AND there will be a link on the right side of this blog.

Beauty of the Season is a stamp set that we were allowed to order earlier this year. This stamp set is absolutely stunning! I have colored the images with colored pencils, blender pens, and aqua painters. I don't know which I like best - I like all of them!

This is the final card design from the Pelotonia FUNdraiser in July. In July, we were not yet able to order Christmas papers. (But you can now!) So while we did use retired papers on this card design, you would want to get the NEW (and quite pretty!) Christmas papers.
Beauty of the Season
in Garden Green and Baked Brown Sugar

Crafters had a choice of Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, or Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. With the Holiday Catalog, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack coordinates with this card's design colors.

We used Naturals White, backed with Early Espresso cardstock, for the Top Note Bigz Die cuts. All were colored with pencils and as a final WOW touch, we used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. This little beauty is easy to miss in the big catty. We didn't put it on all of the berries, just a few.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coffee and Card Hour - Serene Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

If you have been following me for a while, you probably have noticed how much I like my coffee. If I could take it intravenously, I would!

Everyone is really busy right now, the Stock household included! School is now back in session, homework, practices, our work/jobs, overtime, getting things ready for whatever! I know! Don't even get me started on my yard! YIKES!!

So, how about something that is just a little one-hour break? And I'm going to combine it with my coffee passion too!

Beginning in September, I'm going to try something new. I'm scheduling it for September, October, and November. It will be the FIRST Friday and Saturday of the month and it will be ONLY one-hour - from 9am until 10am. You will need to be here at 9am WITH your adhesives and scissors. All other supplies will be provided. (If you want to bring YOUR crafter's kit, you won't have to wait on some of the supplies - you'll have your own!)

Check out what we will be making Friday, September 5th, and Saturday, September 6th. 
Sponging, Heat Embossing, and...
Did you notice?
DRY embossing with a NEW embossing folder!
Check out page 15 of the NEW Holiday Catalog...

Cost is $5 for YOUR cup of coffee and YOUR card!
Designer Series Paper designs may vary

Just stop on over at 9am
Your $5 is payable at the door

Want to attend for FREE?
Place a $25 order while you are here and I'll refund your $5 fee!

Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!
All coffee in my home is fully leaded.
If you know me, you know I don't understand why
(and I really mean WHY?!?!)
there is such a thing called "decaf."
If you want decaf, I will have a nice glass of water available for you!

Look forward to seeing you on September 5 and 6!

Upcoming Coffee and Card Dates / Times
Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4

Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8

Birthday Cards - Stampin' Up!

I never seem to have enough Birthday cards on hand. How about you? And while I do assembly line when I make many of my cards, sometimes I just don't want 12 or 20 of the exact same card, in the exact same color!

How about this to really shake things up?!
Flowerpot DSP Birthday Cards!

We used the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper and just changed the cardstock color. The different cardstock colors we used are Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, and Crushed Curry. Somehow I did not grab a Crushed Curry card for this photo, BUT you can see the Crushed Curry flower on the card in the upper right.

Each card used a small strip of the Flowerpot DSP and it was mounted on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. To give that nice scalloped edge on the Whisper White, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit. Don't forget to use either your Magnetic Platform or the old-fashioned post-it notes method. Those were precut with the cards for my class members.

For those of you who have attended my card classes before, you know that I try to have everything ready so all you have to do is enjoy your card making. It was no different with this card class! AND I even had the boy help with the Big Shot die cutting! He ran the Big Shot for each of those flowers! To let you know how great this kid is, each card uses two of the big flowers and one of the white flower layer. Those three layers of the flower use the Floral Frames Collection Framelits.  I made about 15 cards of each color, so that was about 75 cards. He is such a trooper because he had to run that Big Shot through 75 times 3 for each of the cards (he ran the Big Shot 225 times!). Am I ever blessed by him or what?!

Then using the 1" Circle Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, along with the 3/4" Circle Punch, the flower punchouts were complete! We just ran them through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, added a few Stampin' Dimensionals, and viola! The flowers were complete! Remember, Christmas embossing folder designs are not only for Christmas cards!

Everyone stamped their birthday greetings in Night of Navy using the Petite Pairs Stamp Set (LOVE IT - so versatile and so many different greetings!). Then using the Modern Label Punch (flipped upside down to see the sentiment, of course!), we punched out the greeting and adhered it to the card. 

We added a little bit of ribbon around the card. Because I have SO many retired ribbons, we used several different colors. Gotta tell you though...the new 1/4" Cotton Ribbons are MUCH easier to tie than the old Grosgrain ribbons we used. While I was really sorry to see all of my grosgrain retire, the new ribbons are FABULOUS!

Hope you enjoy the cards! Let me know if you want to make this card design at YOUR workshop!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wetlands - Stampin' Up!

You know, when I saw the Wetlands Stamp Set in last year's catalog, I thought "that set will make some very nice masculine cards." I got it and I have used it for that purpose several times.

Well, fast forward to July THIS year for my husband's Pelotonia FUNdraiser. I wanted to use a stamp set that could show how easy it is to use Stampin' Up! markers, and make it a card that could be used for either men OR women!

Check it out!
Wetlands - LOVE the little birdies!

Such an easy card! Using the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, the crafters had a choice of several colors. We used Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, and Pistachio Pudding cardstocks. Did you notice that four of the five listed colors are from the 2013-2015 InColors? Pistachio Pudding is shown above.

And while we used the Lullaby DSP, this designer series paper design doesn't make me think of a "baby" card. We also used the Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar markers from the 2013-2015 InColor Stampin' Write Markers, my Big Shot, and the Apothecary Accents Framelits.

Add a few Stampin' Dimensionals and this card pops! Quick and Easy too!

Because I always make a few extras, I also used my Paper-Piercing ToolStampin' Pierce Mat, and my Essentials Paper Piercing Template to jazz up the extras. FYI - It does take a bit of time to pierce each of those little holes!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas - Stampin' Up!

Now, I know it is usually "Christmas in July" when we make our Christmas cards. But this year, Stampin' Up! is doing something a little bit different. You see the new Holiday Catalog items will be available on August 28th. Which is wonderful, but really makes it hard to do a Christmas in July with traditional Christmas paper.

What to do? What to do?

Think outside of the box, of course!

In July, we had a Pelotonia FUNdraiser for my husband's Pelotonia ride. It was a LOT of fun. But without any current Christmas paper, we improvised, adapted and overcame! Check out what we did using the Park Lane Designer Series Paper!
Christmas is still Christmas, doesn't matter the color!

We made this same card using Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Soft Suede cardstocks! For the stamp sets, we used an oldie, but a goodie, Lovely As a Tree, along with Sassy Salutations and stamped all using an Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad. I have a LOT of retired ribbons, so we used a few that matched those colors.

After everything was stamped, we ran the card design portion through my Big Shot using the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Did you notice the little star on the top? Can I just tell you how much I LOVE that Stampin' Up! has now provided us with a small star punch! It is part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I used the little flower punch on the bicycle card that I blogged about last week. You can see that blog posting HERE.

Pair that little star punch with some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and you have a card that ROCKS! In a VERY Non-Traditional way too!  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Work of Art Meet Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Check this out! This is just ONE of the cards we made at Paul's Pelotonia FUNdraiser in July. I had figured that since Paul was riding his bicycle for Pelotonia, I needed to do a bicycle card. The crafters who were here that day will tell you - I wasn't sure about this card! Matter of fact, I hadn't cut enough cards for this design! SO I had all the papers but just hadn't prepped enough. When the crafters wanted to make this design, I asked which color they wanted to make. Then I cut the cardstock for the individual crafter. You could say each card was cut specifically for him or her!  :)

We used my FAVORITE "Work of Art" stamp set and I paired it with a past kit from Pedal Praise Paper Pumpkin. This stamp set is no longer available, but the refill kits are still available. This is the MAIN reason why you want to JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN because once the kit is gone, it is gone!

Seriously though, here is one of the cards.
Hello Honey

The crafters had the choice of the new 2014-2016 InColors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, or Tangelo Twist. You can click on any of the color names to see the color of cardstock. All of the cards used the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack. Love how that matches so well!

Fast forward a few days. Remember my friend Cyndie - the lovely lady who donated those delicious cupcakes to the fundraiser? Yeah, her! I was telling her about the cards and how much fun we had while stamping. Can you believe this? She had never stamped before! Well, let me tell you - I had a few extras of the bicycles cards cut (because I was going to have Paul use them as Thank You notes). BUT I was showing Cyndie how to stamp using this design. We had a BLAST! Check out what she made:
Cyndie's creations

How much fun was this? Cyndie played with the different colors and mixed and matched the different DSPs. LOVE the designs. And she had so much fun making these too. I think she will be using these thank you notes for her customers at her shop! What a fun way for her to thank her customers, huh? For those local bakers, make sure you check out her shop. It's the Happy Hostess House, 2892 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. You can also call the shop at 614.471.7757.

SO, when I delivered (or sent to the long-distance crafters) the Holiday catalogs, I included THIS card.

I used both Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow cardstocks, but this time I used the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack. When Cyndie was stamping her envelopes, she used a Blackberry Bliss large swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set. I liked it so much I added it to my cards. Oh! I also added a small flower using the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, my Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, and one little tiny 1/8" Mini Brad. Cute, huh?

Hope you have enjoyed the cards. It's amazing how different the card looks when you change the cardstock color. One more reason why I LOVE the Assorted Cardstocks! You can get all of the colors in one package!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Crafters -

Thank you to all who donated to Paul's Pelotonia FUNdraiser!

As many of you know, something unforeseen came up (I know, Life 101, right?) and I was able to go to Florida to visit my family right after the FUNdraiser. It has been a little hectic since I have returned.

Paul's Pelotonia ride was this weekend. Here's him in the morning BEFORE the ride...
Ready to ride 100 miles today!

And here is what he looks like after riding 180 miles in 2 days!
Paul and his friend Lisa after riding 180 miles in 2 days!
How are they both still smiling?

Paul and his friends Rich and John, were the first across the finish line on Saturday. They finished 100 miles in UNDER 5 hours! YIKES!!!  And on Sunday, Paul and Rich finished the 80 miles in under 4 hours! I would say that they put the hammer down and rode! There is no prize for crossing first, other than you get out of the sun and heat first, AND are able to get to the massage table quicker than everyone else!

BUT, back to stamping... I was able to finish the PDF of the cards we made in July at the FUNdraiser and that was emailed to everyone who attended on July 26th. There were several of you who were unable to attend but still dropped off a check for this FUNdraiser. That email was also sent to you.

Check back later this week (or make sure you subscribe to my blog and you will receive the email) to see the quick and easy designs we made! Especially the non-traditional Christmas card colors! Wasn't that fun?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pelotonia FUNdraiser - Cupcakes with What Looks Like Dazzling Diamonds? - Stampin' Up!

I've been busy setting up the rooms and getting the raffle prizes ready this evening, and I just realized that I didn't post a picture of the fabulous cupcakes that you will be trying out today. Where does the time go?

Check this out! My friend, Cyndie, baked these for the Pelotonia FUNdraiser!
Yummy cupcakes for the Pelotonia FUNdraiser!

Now, she calls the sparkly colors "Disco Dust." I think it looks just like tinted Dazzling Diamonds! When we walked out with the cupcakes from her shop, Happy Hostess House, the sunlight hit the cupcakes and they just DAZZLED!

And I did ask her to get in the picture with her beautiful creations, however she declined. Picture wouldn't do her justice anyway, just as this picture does not do the cupcakes justice! Hubby printed out some little flags with the Pelotonia arrow on them (Cyndie's suggestion), and I'll be placing those on the cupcakes (hopefully) before you arrive in the morning!

Alrighty then... off to meet Mr. Sandman as we will be crafting in just a few short hours. CANNOT WAIT!!!!  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pelotonia FUNdraiser - Perfect Blend and Mini Coffee Cups - Stampin' Up!

Pelotonia FUNdraiser
THIS Saturday, July 26th, from 9a-3p
A variety of cards will be available to make
Completed cards will also be for sale
3 cards for $5
Please bring your favorite adhesive
I will have SNAIL adhesive available for sale
And yes, you can get the kits TO GO too

So, I have been putting the finishing touches on Saturday's FUNdraiser. Check out what the participants will be receiving when they get here (with chocolate inside).

And a close up:

As many of you know, I have a BUNCH of retired Designer Series Papers, so I chose something that was summer-y and cheer-y! Combined the old with the new - retired papers and brads with current punches (Petite Petal and Decorative Label) and stamp set (Perfect Blend)! Thanks so much to Deb Valder for sharing her cute ideas on these mini coffee cups! 

These mini coffee cups are just the cutest thing! I worked on them during my lunch and, since most of my coworkers are male... Well, let's just say, they had a few laughs! According to my coworker, Mike, I was doing arts and crafts by covering Dixie cups with pretty paper. I think these turned out really pretty. I'll have to ask Mike what he thinks when I got back to work.

BUT they did seem fascinated when I pulled out my Big Shot and Top Note Die for the Christmas Card design! I'll post that card design later this month.

And finally, make sure you check back on Friday, July 25th. There is one other woman on the shift that I work and she is the best baker in town! My friend, Cyndie, the owner of Happy Hostess House, has graciously donated a couple of dozen of her famous cupcakes. I'll post a picture of them on Friday. Let me tell you - you will NOT want to miss these cupcakes!

Can't wait to see you on SATURDAY, JULY 26TH, for this GREAT cause - and we get to make cards and eat chocolate. Doesn't that sound like a wonderful Saturday? Especially since it's supposed to be overcast and cloudy. PERFECT crafting weather!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bloom With Hope and Sweet Taffy - Stampin' Up!

We had the BEST time on Saturday! My quarterly downline meeting was on Saturday, which also was the final day of the 2014 Stampin' Up! Convention. AND Stampin' Up! offered a LIVE streaming video.

We changed the time of the meeting to the afternoon so that we could watch the video together. After our meeting, we also had pizza while we watched the video. It was almost like being there, but with the comforts of home!

Want to see what we made during our Latte Joy Stampers meeting? LOVE the ideas! 

We made this cardstock sampler first. This is really nice to have so that you can compare the colors and see what YOU like! I was showing mine to my mom when she was here in June. We took this thing apart so many times! Mom kept track of the color combinations that she liked. I place my business card on the front, so all of the cardstock pieces are the size of a business card. Nice size to fit in my bag AND keep on my craft table!

Then we made two different projects. One was a cute little "book" that is GREAT for gift cards and notes! I was able to attend the Mini Convention with Connie and Mary ( earlier this month with my friend Linda. We made one of these during that day. I still have a few pieces of the newly retired 2012-2014 InColors, so we used my Primrose Petals cardstock and the matching Designer Series Paper. This is the BASIC design. To give it to someone, I will add labels to each of the pockets and decorate/stamp the various pages. Really GLAM IT UP!
Closed Book

Open Book

Then we also made a cute card set with a matching box. As you know, Stampin' Up! is currently offering a Designer Series Paper (DSP) Special - Buy 3, Get 1 FREE! So, using the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, and the matching cardstock colors, we used the Bloom With Hope Hostess Stamp Set (one of my FAVORITES!). I've included a group picture, along with individual photos. You can click on the picture to see them in greater detail. Don't forget to stamp on the envelopes too! All three card ideas came from a Ronda Wade class (

Complete Set
Bloom With Hope Stamp Set
Sweet Taffy Designer Series Papers
Blossom Punch

Cute box to hold all three cards and envelopes!
Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive
Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive
Melon Mambo with White Vellum Cardstock
Don't forget to stamp a matching envelope too!
Gotta tell you something too. The image I stamped on the envelope DOES look different from the image stamped on the Big Box brands. Stampin' Up! Whisper White envelopes have this coating (for lack of a better word) and it really does make a difference when you stamp on the envelopes. Looks WAY nicer when using the Stampin' Up! brand.

A good time was had by all - although we did miss the other members who were unable to attend. Hope you enjoyed our creations!

Want to see these in person? Come on Saturday, July 26th to the Pelotonia FUNdraiser and you can see them! I made a couple of extras... hmmm... what do YOU think I should do with the extras?  ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Subscription!

Crafters -

It is now July 13th. First, I can't believe it is July already, but we're not going to go there!  But second, did you know that if you join My Paper Pumpkin by the 10th, your beautiful red box would already be in the process of shipping to you?

That's right! When you subscribe by the 10th of each month, you will receive that month's Paper Pumpkin in the mail! Right to your own door! Mine actually fits in the mailbox and our mailperson has put the regular mail on either side of the box. It is always a nice surprise to see that red box in there!

I just sent my subscribers a little something in the mail. I just have one more to meet up with to give her hers. Thought about dropping it at her doorstep, but didn't think it would be a wise idea to open her screen door at 4am. :)


Few things I want to share with you about My Paper Pumpkin.

  1. When you come to the Pelotonia FUNdraiser/3-4-5 Card Class on Saturday, July 26th, I'm going to give away one of the original Welcome / Starter kits. These are no longer available. Each person, when he or she subscribes, now receives that monthly kit! **Actually, you can still order the Welcome / Starter Kit, but only as a subscriber. Subscribers get to order past kits while supplies last.
  2. Paper Pumpkin works for both the new and seasoned crafter! And since it arrives each month, it's like a class in the mail EACH MONTH! How cool is that?! New crafters have not been overwhelmed with the kits and have their projects done within about 30 minutes - and they really like the kits! Seasoned crafters have a plethora of crafting supplies and add to each of the projects as they like! Same designs but totally different end products!
  3. When you sign up by SATURDAY, JULY 26TH, I'll even give you a package of Basic Rhinestones or Basic Pearls as my thank you! Sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription and I'll send you BOTH! I will include them with my Thank You note that will be sent to you in August.
  4. You can see some of the other designs that I have made on this blog and on my Facebook page. Here on the blog (if you are receiving this via email, you will need to go to the actual blog:, just look over on the right hand side and find the Paper Pumpkin listing. You'll get several ideas! Don't forget about Stampin' Up!'s Pinterest page too!

These are GREAT to share with friends too! If you live too far away to come to one of my classes, get together with several of your friends! When you have a group of 5 or more, AND YOU GET TOGETHER WITH THEM, I'll even skype with you!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Perfect Blend + Past Paper Pumpkin = Work of Art / Stampin' Up!

I had so much fun playing with my stamps on Monday. This post was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but since Stampin' Up! announced so many wonderful things, I blogged about that on Tuesday instead. You can read all about those updates HERE.

BUT, here is the card I made on Monday:
Perfect Blend + Past Paper Pumpkin Kit =
Work of Art
Can I just tell you how easy this card was to make? Well, I used the Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes, so I didn't have to cut any papers at all! Just opened the package. These come 20 in a package and come with the envelopes for just $5.95. The notecards also come in Crumb Cake - that's new this year!

Then I grabbed my Hey ThereWelcome Kit/Paper Pumpkin Starter Kit, which is now available for purchase as a Past Kit but only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers - Item # is 132599. I really like that "hey there friend" stamp - use it all the time! And you can see all the Past Kits that can be ordered by going HERE.

I pulled out my Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pads. I was in a BRIGHTS Collection mood on Monday!  :)  One of the advantages of having ALL of the stamp pads (and a GREAT reason to come to one of my classes so you can try out the colors before you buy them too!).

So, I stamped my "hey there friend" in Melon Mambo on the centered bottom of the notecard. Then I took the long "swoosh" from Work of Art - I like that highly technical term - and stamped off using Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo. Because these are BRIGHTS, they are... well.. bright! I wanted the color, but I wanted it a little muted. So after I inked the stamp, I stamped in it on Grid Paper first, and then onto the notecard. I tried stamping it a few times to see how bright or muted I wanted the colors.

Once I had all the swoosh colors stamped, I grabbed my handy-dandy coffee cup from Perfect Blend and inked it in Early Espresso. I centered it on the colored swooshes. Then I stamped the image on the inside of the card, along with my information. The card was DONE!

After I was done with the card, I noticed the Melon Mambo on the coffee lid. Kinda reminded me of lipstick that is left on the coffee lid. Not an intended design, but that's how it came out!

Many of you know, I like to stamp the envelopes too. I think it really sets the card off and it lets the card recipient know that they are getting a handstamped card from me. BUT those swooshes were a little big for the smaller notecard envelope. So I used the line - it looks like a thick crayon line to me. Well, I used that with the same colors on the envelope and then stamped the coffee cup image on the envelope.

Now the card AND envelope were done! No layers, no adhesives, no extra postage. Just a quick and easy card.

Hope you like it! If you do, please consider pinning this card on Pinterest and sharing it with others. And feel free to leave me a comment! I LOVE getting comments!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Updates from Stampin' Up!

WOW! Stampin' Up! is on FIRE! Wait until you see all the updates they gave us today! Check back tomorrow to see the card I had scheduled for today. With all these GREAT updates, wanted to get this information to you first!

New stamp sets today, new merchandise on the Clearance Rack beginning July 10th, new Weekly Deals, Past Paper Pumpkin kits, and MORE!

Beauty of the Season
Clear Mount or Wood Mount
Anything cardinal - well, everyone wants one! This is such a GREAT Christmas set. Cannot wait to get my hands on this one!  :)  This set will be available in the 2014 Holiday Catalog, but that's not available until AUGUST 28TH! That means you will have almost two full months to use this stamp set BEFORE it is actually available in the 2014 Holiday Catalog.

Christmas Bliss
Photopolymer only

The Clearance Rack will update with new items on July 10th. Don't forget to use
Hostess Code 4GXWAAG2
to receive a cute four-pack of cards from me. HELPFUL HINT: I sort the Clearance Rack items from lowest price to highest price. When you see that "sort by" feature on the screen, change it from "A-Z" to "< Price." That usually groups all the papers together, same with similar ribbons (so you can see what colors are available), and such. Makes it WAY easier - PLUS you get to see what GREAT deals these are! Especially when you see things that are only 99 cents!

Weekly Deals
Remember, Weekly Deals update on Tuesdays, so get these by Monday because there will be NEW Weekly Deals on Tuesday!

Did you know that as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can get the Past Kits? AND you can add them to your online order too! Just add the item numbers to your order. If you are not yet a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can JOIN HERE. Make sure you see my name, DAWN STOCK, as your demonstrator.

You can order however many past kits you want (while supplies last, of course). AND if you like to craft with your friends, this is a FAST and EASY way to do it too! Especially after you show your creations to your friends. Many times, you'll hear - "I want to do that too!" Now you can! As a subscriber, you already have the stamp set. Just order extra kits and you have everything already cut and ready to go!

Don't forget about the prepaid subscriptions too! One month, three months, six months, or a whole year - nice and easy!

Designer Series Paper Special
Through July 31st only
Get them now and $AVE!
This is a GREAT way to get the DSPs. And we all know that the DSPs match colored cardstock and match the markers, and match the ribbons and buttons, oh my! Makes it WAY easier to make cards! I don't have to worry if this color red printed paper matches that color red in my cardstock. Heaven help me if I want to include ribbons or buttons!

If you are reading this via email, you will need to go to my blog to view the video.
It won't play in this email message. This is a GREAT video from Stampin' Up!

Yeah!!!! There are several sets that are now available! Check back after July 26th. I'm offering a class in August using two sets of Blendies and the Sweetbriar Rose stamp set

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Crafters -

Here in Central Ohio, we celebrate Red, White and Boom. This year it was celebrated last night on July 3rd. While I was downtown for the fireworks, I wasn't outside to view them. BUT they sounded wonderful AND I was able to watch them on TV! They looked SPECTACULAR! Thanks so much to all the first responders who worked last night ensuring our safety! 

One of my friends, Lynn, who is also a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, shared a photo of her June Paper Pumpkin (Pinwheel Party) with me. How nice is this?!
June 2014 Paper Pumpkin
Pinwheel Party
Lynn advised that SHE will be using these today! Thanks so much Lynn for sharing these!

To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, just click HERE and make sure you list me,  Dawn Stock, Grove City, Ohio, as your demonstrator! I'd love to showcase YOUR designs too!

And today, July 4th, I am able to spend it with my family! It's a beautiful day outside, hubby is already looking forward to a bicycle ride. But first, we are going to go bowling! The boy got a TURKEY (three strikes in a row!) on Wednesday and he beat me!

As you can easily tell by our scores, we are not on leagues, but we have fun! I think he's still in SEVENTH HEAVEN about the Turkey! SO, to try to redeem myself, we are having a rematch and this time, Dad's included. Now, Dad has been on a league before, so the odds are not in my favor.

Regardless of where we are, it is so nice to spend time with family and friends. Hope you are able to spend today with YOUR family and friends!

Enjoy YOUR Fourth of July! Let Freedom Reign!

Those who won our independence...
valued liberty both as an end, and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Designer Series Papers - Thank You Stampin' Up! AND a New Hostess Code!

Did you see? Did you see?
Buy 3 Designer Series Paper Packs, Get 1 Free!

I'm finalizing mine right now to place my order TODAY! You see, near the end of the month, I'm doing that FUNdraiser for my wonderful hubby and am planning to use my new Designer Series Papers (DSPs) that I'm ordering TODAY!

To go directly to the Designer Series Paper (DSP) Packs that are eligible for this offer, click HERE and you can see all these fabulous papers that are in on this offer!

Don't forget about the CLEARANCE RACK - there are still SEVERAL papers there!

Here are the WEEKLY DEALS for this week. Remember, those are updated Tuesdays so ...  :)  And I just LOVE that the 2013-2015 InColor Markers are on the list this week. As many of you know, I rely HEAVILY on my markers and you can get them this week as a WEEKLY DEAL!

Finally, the July Hostess Code is 4GXWAAG2. For July, it will be a little different. This month there will NOT be a monthly Card Class, so there is not a PDF that I can email to you. Hope to see you at the FUNdraiser.

So for this month, I will send you a cute 4-pack of cards when you place your $50 merchandise order AND use Hostess Code 4GXWAAG2 between July 1 and July 31, 2014. Send me an email after you place your order and I'll get those out to you right away!

Enjoy all the GREAT deals!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Card Class - GIFTS

It is a BEAUTIFUL day in Central Ohio today. I just LOVE that I can sit in my Craft Room and look out my front window!

I finally finished the PDF for the June Card Class - GIFTS - and just sent it to those who have placed an online order of $75 or more and used this month's Hostess Code. Just a couple days left to get YOUR copy of the Class PDF too! Aren't the cards just beautiful?
June 2014 Card Class

The Hello Honey card shows an alternate design using the same stamp set, Work of Art. I am attending Connie Babbert's (Create with Connie & Mary) Mini Convention next month and was looking over her blog and saw how she did her flower with a different stamp. She's so talented! So I CASE'd her design! Thanks so much to Connie Babbert for sharing her gifts and talents! I've also seen a larger flower made using that same "swoosh" stamp to make a FULL flower and using the circle for the center. So many ways to make flowers with that set! Thank you to Stampin' Up! for GIVING us that stamp set at the 2014 Catalog Premiere in April! The picture in the catalog of this stamp set, Work of Art, just does not do it justice!

And finally, don't forget to register for the July FUNdraiser for the 2014 Pelotonia (click on the link for more information). Hubby is participating in this and it is a GREAT way to make cards and contribute to a GREAT cause!

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pelotonia 2014 FUNdraiser / 3-4-5 Card Class

Many of you know my husband Paul. Salt-of-the-Earth, sweetheart of a nice guy, and my best friend. You can see what a nice guy he is by reading about how he went with me in April 2013 to Salt Lake City to attend an SU! Regional with me. That blog posting is here. What a GREAT guy, huh? Did you notice? He even wore a Stampin' Up! shirt too!

And, in case you didn't know, my husband is an AVID cyclist. When we met several years ago, he was averaging about 10,000 miles on his bicycle annually. 10,000 miles!!!! Some people put that on their cars! Hubby puts the hammer down and flies when he is on that bicycle! Remind me to tell you the story about him and me riding a century (a hundred miles!!!!) BEFORE we married. The basics are - He is such a strong cyclist, I stopped pedaling going up a rolling hill and was done. He placed his hand on my bicycle seat, while he was on my left cycling on his own bicycle, and he pedaled BOTH OF US up this hill. Yeah - I was impressed too! And I finished the last 20 miles under my own steam. With my best friend by my side.

To add to this background, Paul lost his father to cancer when he was in high school. Fast forward a few years and Paul's mother became a breast cancer survivor. Stupid cancer found BOTH of his parents. As you can imagine, fighting cancer and cancer research are tops on his list! Every year since its inception, Paul has participated with Pelotonia. You can view is Rider Profile here.

Now, fast forward to earlier this evening. The boy, hubby and I were walking the dog. The boy was talking about, when he is a little older, that he might like to do Pelotonia with Paul. When the fundraising part came up, the boy came up with ideas to mow yards, ask the grandparents/friends/family for donations, and I told him that I could also have a card class with the profits going to his account for the donations. But he thought he could earn the money for the donations. What a GREAT kid huh? I am blessed many times over...

So, since I had already thrown the idea out there to have a card class, the three of us thought it would be a good idea to do the card class THIS year for Paul's FUNdraising! With that in mind, FOR ONE DAY ONLY - JULY 26TH, I am bringing back my old 3-4-5 card class. The hours are 9a-3p.

You reserve your spot by sending your $5 by July 19th. There will be a NUMBER of different cards, card designs, different colors, etc. at THIS 3-4-5 card class. You will make 3 cards for $5 - 3-4-5! Once you are here, if you want to make additional cards, you can do that! Each 3 cards that you make that day will be $5. (Please bring your favorite adhesive. I will have SNAIL available for sale if you forget.)

***WANT to get a FREE extra card? Preregister to make 10 cards for $15!***
All PRE-payments must be received by July 19th.

Some items that have already been completed, including cards and gift sets, will also be available for sale.

Light refreshments will be served - feel free to bring your favorite beverage - with a covered lid! There will be drawings and fun throughout the day!

All participants will be entered into a drawing for an ORIGINAL Paper Pumpkin Starter Kit. This kit is no longer available and is one of my absolute favorites! The drawing will take place at 2pm. You do not need to be present to win. We can work out a date/time for you to get your prize. 

Can't wait to see you here!