Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retiring List and Special Offer

Crafters -

Retiring Items Products

Weekly Deals

Clearance Rack

Where did this week go? I'll post photos from my Team meeting later BUT


WOW! Ok, click HERE to go directly to the Retiring Products so you can view photos and see the discounted prices!

And click HERE to go directly to the Weekly Deals so you can view photos and see the discounted prices!

And click HERE to go directly to the Clearance Rack so you can view the photos and see the discounted prices. FYI - Stampin' Up! has advised they will be adding to the Clearance Rack on Wednesday, April 22nd.

AND, because these items sell out quickly, for those who place an ONLINE $40 merchandise order, you will be able to attend the Saturday (April 25th) One-Sheet Wonders class for FREE! This is a $10 class that you can receive for FREE! You MUST let me know by Friday, April 24th at noon Eastern, so I have supplies ready for you.

Live too far away to attend? After you place your online order, send me an email and I will forward by email the PDF of my Saturday One Sheet Wonder cutting instructions and a photo of my cards. The emails will be sent on Saturday afternoon.

** Don't forget to use Hostess Code V4EVDGQN when you place your order. IF you place an order of $150 or more, DO NOT USE this code. You will still receive the free class or PDF though!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April and May Classes - Stampin' Up!

Well, it has been a while since I posted. Thank you all so much for your kind words, the beautiful cards both my mom and I received, and all your prayers. All were much appreciated!

Ok, onto the business portion, now!  :)

I had my team meeting last weekend while my mom was here. Mom used to be a demo, so it was really nice crafting with her and seeing her visit with friends. Mom even designed a card for our meeting! I'll be posting photos of the cards next week.

BUT, now that I have cleaned my craft room (somewhat!) and have looked at our calendar. I have scheduled two card classes for April and May. Before I tell you what those are about, here are a few quick announcements:

  1. Butterfly Thinlits SHOULD be at Stampin' Up! this week. They are offering a special when they arrive. You can always see the upcoming promotions by clicking HERE for the current Stampin' Up! promotions. I will update this blog once the items have been received by Stampin' Up! (FYI - when you order the bundle, you can get a special FREE surprise too!)
  2. The Retired List is announced on April 21st. That's NEXT WEEK!  WOO HOO!
  3. As a demonstrator, I can preorder from the new catty in early May.
Now that you know that information... Here is the CLASS information.

One-Sheet Wonders Card Class
Saturday, April 25th
Many of the Designer Series Papers will be retiring, which means we will be getting some NEW papers (YEAH!). So that I can make room for some NEW papers, how about some One-Sheet Wonders Cards? Never heard of One-Sheet Wonders (or sometimes called OSW)? Well, you take one sheet of Designer Series Papers and you make some cards with that one sheet (and cardstock and some other pieces and parts). We will make 6 cards and the cost will be $10. You must RSVP so that I have time to cut everything ready for you. Let's face it - 6 cards in 1 hour? It can be done! And we will have fun too!

New Catty Card Par-tay
That's right! Say "Par-tay" with some FUN attitude!
Saturday, May 30th
Because I can preorder items from the new catty, we will get to play with some new stuff! We will make 3 cards for $5.

Both card classes are prepay only. And you will need to prepay by noon on the day before the card class. On the CLASSES page, I have added a Paypal button for both classes. Of course, you can always send or drop off a check, if that is easier.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Sale-a-Bration Items Added - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

We were able to go to Florida over the weekend to celebrate my mom's birthday with her. VERY bittersweet. Mom's birthday was very nice but we all did notice my Dad's absence. Fortunately, he was able to sign her birthday card before his passing, and there was even a birthday gift for her from him.
Grandma and boy - celebrating her birthday!
So, I should now be home and things will be getting back to normal, our new normal, within the next few weeks.

Imagine my surprise this morning, when I went online to the Stampin' Up! website. Due to the discontinuation of the Blendabilities line, Stampin' Up! has added even MORE Sale-a-Bration items!

As I'm just getting back into things, please forgive me, but you can click HERE to view the new Sale-a-Bration items. Please notice that even though these items are current items, they have NEW item numbers. YOU MUST USE THESE ITEM NUMBERS TO GET THEM FOR FREE. If you use the regular item numbers, you will be charged the full amount.


Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item #140977
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item #140976
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item #140975
Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item #140974
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders,  Item #140971
Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, Item #140973
Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape, Item #140970
Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill, Item #140979
1/16" Circle Handheld Punch, Item #140978
1/8" Circle Handheld Punch, Item #140972 

Monday, March 9, 2015

New Sale-a-Bration Items - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Stampin' Up! announced they are offering FOUR new Sale-a-Bration items, available for the month of March only.

You can click HERE to go straight to the flyer that Stampin' Up! has authorized. TWO stamp sets, once accessory pack (in the 2014-2016 InColors - WOW!), and even a 6"x6" vellum stack - LOVE THESE! Only available until March 31st.

Don't forget to check out the Weekly Deals (those change on Tuesdays) and the Clearance Rack. You can get some really good deals on both of those!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thank You for Your Patience!

Crafters -
Thank you so much for your patience. Many of you know that I cancelled my February card classes very abruptly.
My dad passed away in the wee hours of Friday morning with my mom, his wife of 50 years, by his side. Dad did not want a service, but he did want mom to have a "party" with friends and family to celebrate his life. Because OSU brought him back from the brink, so to speak, he told her he also wanted an Ohio State University sweatshirt displayed at the party. Mom is working on scheduling this "party."
Although I am understandably sad for me and my family, my father was a Christian and I know that we will see him again. Please feel free to pray for our family during this trying time.
Several of you have contacted me privately, asking if you could send flowers for the service. Thank you! My folks were absolutely FLOORED by the care and compassion of the staff at the James, the Wexner Medical Center, and the Ohio State University. In lieu of flowers, mom has requested that a donation be made to OSU in his memory.
Dad's obituary is HERE. (If you prefer to cut and paste: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldtribune/obituary.aspx?pid=174283704)
Again, I thank you for your continued patience. I will update my class schedule sometime in the future...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Class Schedule Updated

Crafters -

I have updated my class schedule. All classes have been temporarily cancelled. I hope to resume classes early spring.

Thank you for your understanding.

- Dawn

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Doughnuts and Cards - Thanks So Much!

Crafters -

I had an absolute BLAST yesterday with all my friends making cards! A couple of new ladies were able to attend and a good time was had by all!

Here are the three cards we made yesterday.
Doughnuts and Cards
January 24, 2015

HELPFUL HINT: Gotta give you a little hint that I learned yesterday. Do NOT use the Lotus Blossom Stamp #3 (the largest of the flowers) on a folding table! It does not provide a nice inked image! We moved that flower stamp to the kitchen counter. You need a FIRM surface for that image. All of the other images were ok on the table, just not the largest flower!

After everyone left and I was cleaning the room, I was able to put away the extra Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes and the Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes, but I had cut Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock to note card size, and I already had the Baked Brown Sugar butterflies cut, and well, I had a couple left over... So I got to play!!!! And did I ever have fun!

First, the close up of the card we made on Saturday during Doughnuts and Cards. We used the Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestones, and Petite Pairs Stamp Set. The small inked butterfly on the envelope is from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set.
Doughnuts and Cards
Butterfly Card

And, by adding a few other stamp pads (Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, So Saffron, and Wisteria Wonder), a small amount of Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, scraps of Whisper White Cardstock, and the 3/4" Circle Punch, I used many of the Butterfly Basics Stamps and made this card with my leftover cut card kits!
Butterfly Basics Card
Amped Up Version!

The amped-up version took a LOT longer to make but I am really pleased with the results. I think this will be my Thank You note for all online orders between now and Valentine's Day. What do you think?

Hope you like this revised card! I know I really like it and can see me making quite a few of these in a variety of colors! Please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Butterfly Basics Class Update - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

UPDATE: Class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Many of you know my work schedule is a little different than most - so I'm sometimes sleeping when the regular world is actually awake and moving! :)

When I made my post the other day, I guess I was a little sleep deprived! Hope you will forgive me!

There has been a question about the the Butterfly Basics Class, scheduled for Sunday, February 8th, from 1p-4p UPDATE: Class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Here are the beautiful cards you will make at the class:
Butterfly Basics Class
February 8, 2015

I'm offering two different payment options:
  • Butterfly Basics Class - $50 and you will receive the Photopolymer Stamp Set, matching thinlits dies at the class. You will make 4 cards, learn a few techniques, and stamp at my home for 3 hours. You will not place an order for any items. You just let me know you want to attend the class and send your payment to me. You just come as you are!
  • You can place your order to purchase the Butterfly Basics bundle in your choice of wood, clear, or photopolymer to qualify for Sale-a-Bration and/or Hostess benefits. The class cost is then just $15 to make 4 cards, learn a few techniques, and stamp at my home for 3 hours.
  • If you already own the Butterfly Basics stamp set, let me know you want to attend! The class cost is then just $15 to make 4 cards, learn a few techniques, and stamp at my home for 3 hours.

  • UPDATE: Class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
  • You must RSVP by Tuesday, January 27th. Your class payment is your RSVP. 
  • You will need to bring your glass blocks to class on February 8th. You're gonna need those to stamp!
  • Don't forget your adhesive and scissors, etc. to put the cards together! 

The cards we will be making will use a few items from the Spring Occasions catalog too! Did you notice the Blushing Bride rosette from the Artisan Embellishment Kit? And the absolutely beautiful Sahara Sand Lace! That one is my new favorite! We will be heat embossing AND sponging (can you say "emboss resist" for a fun technique?!). One of the cards even uses a little masking. And we get to use a couple different Designer Series Papers (individual patterns may vary from the photos). We will also be stamping and using markers! A fun time will be had by all! Throw in a little chocolate on the tables, and we are set!

Each card uses different color combinations, which we will all use at the class. When you take your stamp sets home, you can begin creating with YOUR supplies!

Can't wait to see you on February 8th for the Butterfly Basics Class!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Butterfly Basics - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

UPDATE: Class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Ever have one of those days (or nights) that you know you have stuff to do, but you really don't want to do what you have to do? Or am I alone in wanting to play with my crafts?  

Well, I received my Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set with its matching Butterfly Thinlits Dies (remember, you can get the Butterfly Basics Bundle and save 15% when you bundle). Anyway, I was getting ready for my Team Meeting on the 31st and wanted to make a Baggie Book set for my friends to make at our meeting. Just one of the projects we will be making that day as demonstrators!

Well, I liked this ser so much, I decided to offer this for my February class! Here's a sneak peak of one of the cards:
Butterfly Basics Card Class in February

Isn't it pretty? Gotta tell you - looks so much nicer in real life! And don't you just LOVE the flower in the center? That is only available for a limited time. It is the Artisan Embellishment Kit. And the little bit of ribbon under the Happy Birthday? Beautiful Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim.

When you attend my Doughnuts and Cards Class on Saturday, January 24th, YOU can see all of the cards in person!

You can see my class schedule HERE and I've added an online payment option for the Butterfly Basics Class Fee. UPDATE: Class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Contact me if you have any questions!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Weekly Deals and a NEW Stamp Set - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

WAIT until you see the FABULOUS deals offered by Stampin' Up!'s Weekly Deals. Here they are:

Angled Tag Topper Punch, Item #133323
Blackberry Bliss 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon, Item #133668
Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon, Item #133671
Tangelo Twist 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon, Item #133669
Starburst Framelits Dies, Item #132967
Little Pieces Embosslits Die, Item #133733
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Item #133787
Watercolored Winter Kit - Digital Download, Item #136678

Check out this NEW Photopolymer Stamp Set:

Better Than E-Mail Photopolymer Stamp Set, Item #140463

Now, don't get me wrong, I like my Creatively Yours Stamp Set and use that all the time, BUT when I saw the Better Than E-mail Photopolymer Stamp Set, I actually placed my order at 4:30 this morning!  :)   Shhh.... don't tell my husband. I already placed an order the other day. And did I mention? This stamp set also works with the Angel Policy when you sell your cards! See how they each have the Stampin' Up! copyright under each of the stamps? That's it!

Don't forget about Sale-a-Bration too! Between now and March 31st, when you place a $50 merchandise order, you also get to choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration Item! But these are only available through March 31st.

AND when you use Hostess Code EZ49GP7E for your online order of $50 or more, I'll even send you four cute (and quick) cards! Just send me an email when you place your order, and I'll get those to you - just a little "Thank You" for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

OOHHH - I almost forgot! Check back later this week to see the really cute Card Bash Celebration Books that the ladies made! No two were alike and we had a BLAST! You will LOVE the creations these ladies made!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Doughnuts and Cards Class - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

The new year will be here NEXT WEEK! WOW! I'm so excited about 2015!

You see, I am able to retire in 2015! YEAH!!!!!!!!! Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my job. I LOVE the people I work with and work for! If I didn't have this job, I would have NEVER met my husband (yes, blind dates do work! Thanks to my friend Theresa for introducing me to hubby all those years ago!)

But, I digress... The Coffee and Card Hour that we did in September, October, and November, was a really good idea. Everyone liked that they could stop in and make a card and be done in an hour. But the class needed tweaked a little. So, tweak I did!

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 9a-10a, we will be having a Doughnuts and Cards Class. The cost is $10 to make 3 cards in the 1 hour. You will need to bring your adhesive, or I will have some available for sale here.

Want to see the cards we will be making? Talk about some SNEAK PEEKS from the upcoming Spring Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!
January 24, 2015 Cards
Doughnuts and Cards Class

All are notecard size. All supplies are available beginning January 6th and ending on March 31st. 

From left to right:

  • Lotus Blossom Stamp Set. This is a FREE stamp set with a qualifying Sale-a-Bration order. All five colors of the new 2014-2016 InColors are used on this card. It also has an inside greeting.
  • Butterflies Thinlits Die. This is a set of THREE different butterfly thinlits and they are beautiful! The cost of these three thinlits is just $24.95! Imagine how many cute cards you can make with this! I paired this butterfly card with the Petite Pairs Stamp Set. This should be a less than 5-minute card, but does take about 10 minutes total because you have to get rid of all those little pieces from the die cutout. It is so easy - regardless of the time! And we added a little bling of Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments for his body.
  • Moon Lake Stamp Set. You saw this stamp set used over the weekend at my Open House. Here's just another easy way to use it. We stamped and then colored it with miscellaneous colored pencils.
Two of the cards are NO LAYER CARDS! So easy to send AND make!

Oh, I did mention that I would have some doughnuts here to celebrate on January 24th, right? My 25 year work anniversary is actually at the end of the month, but doughnuts are good anytime!

Contact me to reserve your spot now!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sneak Peek - Moon Lake - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

We had so much fun this weekend. Several crafters stopped over on Sunday to pick up the Spring Occasions Catalog, along with the Sale-a-Bration brochure. 

For those who placed an order in the past six months, they also received a little gift in their bag with their catties. Those who came really enjoyed them!

If you were unable to stop over on Sunday, please give me a call! I have a baggie set aside for those who placed an order in the past six months. We just have to get together to get them to you! (And your little gift is in the bag too!)  **If you already have a demonstrator, please contact her for your catties. If you don't - I LOVE to be your demonstrator!

During Sunday's Open House, I had set out some baggie books. I started doing these this year and I really like them! What happens is, you take a stamp set and there are four, five, and sometimes MORE, samples inside the baggie book. It is just a small way to allow you to look at a certain stamp set and get four, five, and sometimes MORE ideas! We all know we should be good stewards of our money, and this baggie book gives you several ways to use that one stamp set. What a GREAT way to get our money's worth!

And, because these crafters, gave up some of their Sunday afternoon to stop over, we also made a card using some NEW STUFF from the upcoming Spring Occasions Catalog. The Spring Occasions Catalog goes live on January 6th.

Check out the card we made:

Card made Sunday, December 22 with crafters
Moon Lake Stamp Set
New in the Spring Occasions Catalog
Beginning January 6, 2015

It uses the new stamp set called Moon Lake. There are three designs and three sayings. I can see me using this for SEVERAL masculine card designs and am already thinking of some sketches to use for the Church Card Ministry!  *HINT: Check back later this week and you will see another design made with this stamp set. We will be using it on the January Card Hour. Guess I'm going to have to start a baggie book for this set too, huh?  ;)

And do you recognize the Designer Series Paper? No? Well, let me tell you - you will LOVE this paper. It is called the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack and there are 48 sheets in a padded stack (4 each of 12 double-sided designs). The paper stack is 4.5" x 6.5" - so they are PERFECT for cards or to cut up and use on several cards! These look like photo quality prints too! LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this new paper!

Look forward to seeing you soon! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

January Card Bash, Lotus Blossom and Stampin' Up!

Crafters -
Today is the last day to sign up for the Birthday Card Celebration Bash. This class is on Sunday, January 11th, from 1p-6p, and there will be a light lupper (Lunch/Supper) included. You will need to bring your scissors, adhesive, and STICKY STRIP is a necessity!

We will be making this card organizer. Do you recognize the stamp sets? You probably have see the Feel Goods Stamp Set before, but what about the flower stamp? Hmmm... You got it! It's a Sneak Peek from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure. It's called Lotus Blossom and it is my FAVORITE - and since it is FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a qualifying purchase - DOUBLE SCORE! The Lotus Blossom Stamp Set is available beginning January 6th, 2015.
Card Bash Celebration Organizer


the cards from the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
20 notecards and envelopes
Includes THREE stamps with a clear thin block, twine, clips
EVERYTHING you see on these cards!

20 notecards and envelopes, 1 card organizer, Lupper (Lunch/Supper) - all for just $40! (If you wish to pay by PayPal, the cost will be $41 to offset the fees.) All that for $40!! How much do you normally pay for 20 cards alone?!

I'll be placing the order on Tuesday, December 23rd, around 9am, to ensure I have enough supplies for the class. Contact me as soon as possible, but definitely before 8:30 am on Tuesday, December 23rd!

You can call my home or send me an email to get scheduled. Your payment will confirm your spot in the class.

Look forward to seeing you in January!

Monday, December 8, 2014

January Card Bash, Occasions Catalog, and Sale-a-Bration Brochure - Stampin' Up!

Ok, how about you? I am like the cobbler. His children have no shoes!  :)  Am I alone in this? I have the cards. They are made. I just gotta address them and send 'em! How do I miss sending the cards?!

I not only missed my wonderful friend Donna Jean's birthday on Sunday, but I also missed my friend Elaine's birthday on Saturday! Sorry ladies - I will be getting your cards to you this week! And I am sending the last of the Snowman Bookmarks this week too. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them!

On Saturday, I was able to attend a FAN-TAB-U-LOUS class, actually TWO classes! You know it's really good when I drive FOUR (YES, 4!!!) hours ONE-WAY to that state up north. I'm not going to mention any names, but I live in the Columbus, Ohio area, so I'm confident that even the most non-sports-oriented people can figure out which state I visited on Saturday.  :)

Ronda Wade had a Saturday ALL-DAY class, with an optional class in the evening. Of course, I signed up for both! However, since it was a four-hour drive home, I got all the pieces and parts and figured that I could put it together, once I got home. So I did my stamping and visiting, and then headed home. All these ideas kept going through my mind! I just LOVE when I get to be the student at a class!

Here's a picture of the table at home with my LOTS of stuff on it. Can you identify anything in this mess?

Hmmm... The Big Shot on the left is easy. The paper on the top - easy. Ribbon, easy. You've seen the Snowman bookmarks HERE, I'm sending the last ones out this week.

But do you notice the notebook under the blue box? Gee, I wonder - What could that be? You guessed it! It's the January Card Bash Celebrations class!

Card Bash Celebrations Class!
On Sunday, January 11th, from 1p-6p, I will be offering a Card Bash Celebrations Class! Did you notice - 1pm until 6pm - 5 hours?! We will have a light lupper (lunch/supper) around 4pm. With this class, you will make the Card Organizer AND 20 cards! We will be using the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit, found on page 197 of the big catty. The cost for the class and lupper is $40. For additional details, feel free to look on the CLASSES page. The most up-to-date information is always listed there.
**You will need to bring your adhesive, including Sticky Strip, to class!**
Must register and prepay by December 22nd, 2014.

This would make a GREAT gift for the crafter in your life!

Spring Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Brochure
Oh - almost forgot! NOT!!!! The Spring Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Brochure are in the center of the photo! If you have placed an order from me in the past six months, you will receive a copy of BOTH! I ordered them as soon as I could and they should be here by Friday! I'll get those in the mail to you (for those long-distance crafters). If you are local, feel free to give me a call and stop over to get yours on Sunday, December 21st, from 1p-3p!

Haven't placed an order in the past six months?
Give me a call!
I'd LOVE to be YOUR demonstrator!

Blog Candy Winner!

Well COOKIE - You are the winner!

However, since you are listed as "Anonymous" in the comments, please send me an email with your name and snailmail address and I'll get those cards out to you right away!

Thanks so much!

Hope you enjoy the cards!

Congratulations Cookie!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Gifts - Your Thoughts? And some BLOG CANDY! - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Got a question for you. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

And to make it really interesting, I would like to offer some BLOG CANDY!!

You will receive the cards in the photo below. Leave your comment by Saturday, December 6th at midnight (Eastern time). I will draw one name on Sunday, December 7th. The winner will have until Wednesday, December 10th to email your name and snailmail address to me. That way you will receive these in plenty of time for Christmas! (**NOTE: Your name will only be entered once and this is limited to U.S. residents only).

So my question involves something I saw on a Facebook group today. The lady posted a question about giving a gift for a gift exchange at work. She was going to make the cookie mix in a jar, decorate it, and gift that for her coworker gift exchange. They have a $15 limit. I thought the cookie mix in a jar was a GREAT idea, but I like homemade gifts. 

I feel that by being the recipient of a homemade gift, it shows me that the person took the time to make something FOR ME! They might not have known that I would receive the green decorated gift over the blue, but they knew they were making a gift that would be given to me. I like that kind of thoughtfulness.

Every year, I give a set of cards to the boy's teachers. Typically, I include 10-12 cards. I include Birthday, Thinking of You, Sympathy, Get Well, Cancer (What Cancer Cannot Do), and even a few blank cards. It changes every year! My husband makes the best Buckeyes BAR NONE!!!!! and we have included those in the past too. I have always received nice "Thank You" notes from the teachers.

So my question to you is... What do YOU think? Many of you who read this blog are cardmakers and crafters. Do YOU give a gift of cards? What has been the response to your gifts?

Several years ago, I gave a set of cards to my friend Rayma. Rayma plays the keyboard at our church and we have been in a few classes together over the years. I LOVE what she told me. She told me that she thought long and hard before she sent out one of my cards. She even used the words about sending a "Dawn card" to someone. I thought that was so nice! I make cards throughout the year and I always make extras "for later."

By making cards all year long, it allows me to have a number of cards to choose from for gifts. When I gift the cards, I take a long piece of ribbon and tie it around the set of cards. Some are plain, some are fancy, some are very feminine with glitter and flowers, and others are masculine.

Here is a photo of just some of my cards. I pulled out a box and just grabbed a handful. You may recognize some from previous card classes. Others you may have never seen before on this blog!
Just a few of my many cards!

Very eclectic mix of cards. Almost all are made with Stampin' Up! products because that's what I do! Some use retired products, because I keep many of the sets and papers that I really like. Others use current merchandise. But you do see the "cancer" card on the bottom left? That card is always a favorite. I made about 50 of them a few years ago and am now almost out of them. That one is made from NON-Stampin' Up! product (although the Butterfly punch is Stampin' Up!).

What do YOU think? Do YOU like handmade cards and handmade gifts? Do YOU like that type of gift better than a store-bought gift or even a gift card?

Leave your comment below and YOU may receive this set of cards. My gift to you! Hope you enjoy the card designs and I look forward to reading your comments!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Free Snowman Bookmark - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

I don't know about you, but I cannot wait for midnight to arrive! 

Stampin' Up's Online Extravaganza begins soon!

In case you missed it, Stampin' Up! has LOTS on sale! Make sure you look at the dates! Some are one day only, some are the first day only, some are the last day only, and others go the whole time!

You can see that list HERE.

But, back to the Free Snowman Bookmark. My friend Bev made these for our Church's Card Ministry Fundraiser earlier this month and they sold like HOTCAKES! Now mine are a little different than Bev's... I just received my Little Pieces Edgelit and thought that would work for the little buttons! So here's a close-up of mine.
Snowman Bookmark

And here's what the Snowman looks like, front and back.
Snowman Bookmark
Front and Back

Do you see a little bit of an orange package sticking out on the back of Mr. Snowman? Hm... I wonder what it could be? If you know me, and many of you do, you know how much I LOVE my chocolate (almost as much as my coffee!!).

That's right! It's a KitKat bar! One of those mini ones like the Trick-or-Treaters just received! It's the perfect size! The design I made fits those thin little candy bars perfectly. Trust me - I tried the little Milky Way and Snickers bars but those are just not the right size. Hershey's, Crunch bars, KitKats, THOSE fit nicely!

ANY HOO... When you place your $50 online merchandise order, using Hostess Code WUVBEGJB during Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza, I will send you one of these little cuties as my Thank You for your order! Please note that just as every snowflake is different, each of the snowmen are different too!

Remember, during this sale, you can order a few of the past Paper Pumpkin kits, even if you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber! Don't forget about the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals too. The Weekly Deals change on Tuesday.

After you place your online order using the Hostess Code, please send me an email. I'll get one of these cuties out to you right away!

In case you want to make one yourself, here is the supply list. You can click on each item and it will take you directly to my online store. Just don't forget to use the Hostess Code!
Shimmery White Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Envelope Punch Board
Black Stampin' Write Marker
Big Shot
Little Pieces Edgelit
Stampin' Trimmer
Decorative Label Punch
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Paper Snips
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots
2-Way Glue Pen
Ribbon of YOUR choice!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simply Snowflake - Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -


Stop right now, if you do not want to see the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Simply Snowflake. How stinkin' cute?!

If you are reading this via email, you will need to go to my blog (HERE) to view the video. The link doesn't seem to go through the email system. One of those great cyber-wonders to me!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Cards - Noel Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

I know all of us LOVE a great deal, and I am absolutely no different!

Stampin' Up! has been offering their past Paper Pumpkin kits on the website (you can see them HERE). These are so easy to make! The only thing is... you have to be a subscriber to get in on these deals.


Stampin' Up! began offering to their demonstrators (that's me!) this really wonderful deal! As a demonstrator, I could order LAST year's Christmas card design, but wait! There's more! They added several refill kits, and basically, I was able to order 16 Christmas cards in one Party Pack! The idea was to showcase these during workshops, events, etc.

Well, for those of you who attended the November Coffee and Card Hour, you MADE one of those cards. Weren't those easy? Here's a picture of the card, along with the tags, that we made earlier this month.
November Coffee and Card Hour

As many of you know, my mom is a crafter. My dad has been going through his cancer treatments, and recently had surgery on that evil thing, and my mom has gotten a little behind on her card making. My mother-in-law also likes to craft, but her eyesight isn't what it was. So, I got to thinkin'! (A dangerous pastime, I know!) After discussing it with hubby, as an early Christmas present, I got a kit for BOTH ladies!

BUT, let's face it. 16 cards each isn't a whole lot for these two women. So I also got a package of Very Vanilla cardstock. I cut the Paper Pumpkin base in half so I could get TWO cards out of each one, and I adhered the printed half card base to the Very Vanilla cardstock. That immediately DOUBLED my cards and made 32!

Now onto the NOEL piece. Hmmm.... I didn't have a die that would work, although there are several in the catalog, I just didn't have those in my inventory. I really liked the Party Pennants Bigz L die, but couldn't get it in time. What's a girl to do? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. So that's what I did!

You betcha! I used my Labels Collection Framelits, to give it a fancy decorative edge, along with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and I made my own! FYI - it did take quite a bit of improving, adapting, and overcoming to get the silly thing lined up right, but I finally was able to fiddle with it enough that it worked. The Party Pennants die would have been MUCH easier!

I also used an old alphabet set that matched the font for these two ladies. I've since made my OWN set and used the Little Letters Thinlits and those are really nice! And using my trusty-dusty 2-Way Glue Pen, put them on the cutout piece. Then I sent the boy to Florida to give the set to my mom. My mother-in-law was just here a few weeks ago, and we made our own assembly line and put hers together while she was visiting.

Here are my mother-in-law's. All 32 of them!
Dawn's MIL - Nancy's cards

What do you think? Hubby was in charge of the stamping "Wishing You a Merry Christmas," MIL was in charge of the stars and adhering the artwork to the front, and we ALL added the star garland to the fronts. I pulled out a few inside Christmas sayings, and my MIL made a few different card sayings.

So fast forward to Friday. Dad had his surgery on Wednesday and mom has been with him almost the entire time. She did go home to shower and change, but she brought this kit with her to the hospital. Check out what SHE did!
Dawn's mom - Donna's cards

I don't care what others say, crafting really does soothe the soul. Now you notice, my mom likes a slightly darker red, so instead of Real Red, she used Cherry Cobbler. She also stamped a few of the stars where the star garland is, and added a little bit of silver cording (retired).

Now, both ladies have 32 Christmas cards handmade by them, stamped, ready-to-go, all in plenty of time for Christmas! My MIL even told me that she didn't send any out last year because she just didn't have time! Now she's all set!

Hope you enjoyed the cards! Check back in a day or two and I'll post the video for THIS year's Paper Pumpkin kit! These are really pretty too! Hopefully, they will have the extras available for sale shortly, but remember, you DO have to be a subscriber to order the past kits too!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Christmas Card and Trim the Tree DSP Tags - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

The November Coffee and Card Hour was so much fun!

Make sure you read to the end of this posting,
if YOU would like to receive this Christmas card and tag set
as a FREE gift during November!

Check out what we made (the links for the items we used are listed by the photos):
November Coffee and Card Hour
We made one Christmas card using the November 2013 Paper Pumpkin Kit
(now only available to demonstrators)
AND four tags!

And here are the individual close-ups:
Christmas Card made using the November 2013 Paper Pumpkin Kit
(available only to demonstrators)
Check out OTHER Paper Pumpkin Past Kits HERE while supplies last!

All tags made using the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack and Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
Christmas Tree Tag
Using Petite Pennants Punch and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
and a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Bird Tag
Using Bird Builder Punch
with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder
(we used the snowflake design for this tag)

Using Little Letters Thinlits and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
with some Champagne Glimmer Paper
A few used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder (scallop design) on the J-O-Y letters
before they attached the letters to the tag!

Serene Silhouettes Tag
Using Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso markers on the stamp
THIS was the favorite, BY FAR!

So stinkin' easy! AND we were done in less than one hour!

One of my friends from work even brought her 6-year old daughter. This little girl KNEW what she was doing!

And we used papers that coordinated with the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack. Don't forget - that paper is only available in the Holiday Catalog through January 5, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

The November Coffee and Card Class was the last one of its kind. However, it seemed to fit into the schedule of several crafters.

With January bringing the new Spring Occasions Catalog, along with Sale-a-Bration in January, February and March - how about a NEW class?

The one-hour time frame is REALLY popular! So, it will be from 9a-10a but it will be on Saturdays only. We will make three cards in one hour and the cost will be $10. You will need to bring your favorite adhesives and scissors to the class. AND since this is during Sale-a-Bration, when you place a qualifying Sale-a-Bration order DURING THE CLASS, your $10 class fee will be refunded! WIN-WIN-WIN and SCORE for a free class and free product! Check my CLASSES page for the most up-to-date information. Tentative dates are listed now.


FREE GIFT with November orders
Would you like a set of the Christmas Card and Gift Tags that we made during the November class? Place your ONLINE order of $50 or more AND use Hostess Code WUVBEGJB, and I'll send you a set with my Thank You card in December. After you place your online order, send me an email and I'll get those ready for you!