Friday, November 27, 2015


May the 
shine on 

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. 
Thankfulness is the natural impuse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
- Henry Van Dyke -



Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The stamp set, Thankful Forest Friends, (page 43 of the Holiday Catalog) made it lots of fun to create my handful of Thanksgiving cards this year. The animals in the set -- fox, bunny and bear -- simply tug at my heart strings.

For my card, due to his height, I chose Mr. Bear. He was stamped in Early Espresso, the Give Thanks design in eye-catching Mossy Meadow. To add a little interest to the white panel, and to complete the design, I added the wood-like stripes from Gorgeous Grunge (page 123 in the big catalog) in Cajun Craze.

To echo the wood look and round out the forest feel, I set the panel atop a Cajun Craze piece embossed with the Woodgrain folder. Before I adhered the embossed piece to the card base, I added a rich-looking Mossy Meadow ribbon.

For my daughter, Sarah, who was in the Army, I changed things up just a bit. I thought the colors I chose were slightly more military in style.

Do you normally go all out in making Thanksgiving cards for others? Or do you save all your efforts for your handmade Christmas cards? 

Speaking of Christmas cards, how are you all doing on your creations? Share with us how many you plan to make or have made! Enquiring minds want to know!


Sunday, November 22, 2015


I have some exciting news!  I have done a photo-filled guest post tutorial on The Crafty Blog Stalker blog!

This is a sneak peek at the card I have guest posted about 
on her blog:

Please run over there and take a look at the post. While you are there, check out the rest of Katie's blog. She always has wonderful and interesting projects on The Crafty Blog Stalker. Show her some love!

Actually, I have something else exciting to share with you! You  know those precious Spider Web Doilies on page 47 of the Holiday Catalog that everyone has been raving about?? Well, I created another non-Halloween use for these little treasures!


I cut one of the doilies in half, keeping the center intact rather than snipping it away. My next step was to grab one of the Circles Collection Framelits in the size that matched the size of the doily. I cut a circle from cardstock, held it behind the halved doily, marked where the bottom of the doily fell, then cut the circle to the same size.

Then, the fun began! I grabbed my little bin of Stampin' Up! Washi Tapes, not all of them current. I was simply looking for a good Thanksgiving-y color and pattern combination. Starting with the center of the circle, I applied one piece of Washi Tape vertically. I then built a fan of alternating tapes to cover the entire circle half. Of course, their bottoms overlapped to continue in a modified fan.

When I placed the spider web over the Washi Tape fan, it didn't match exactly. But, so what? It certainly gave the idea I was striving for! And doesn't he look so festive!

For the turkey's body, the old retired ornament punch and Soft Suede cardstock did the trick. I snipped off the hanger end of the ornament. A circle with the edges raised with my ever-handy fingernail and popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional serves as his head. I added a couple of the googly eyes we had a few years ago that coordinated with a Halloween stamp set. His beak is, well, a snipped triangle of Daffodil Delight cardstock. And his wattle (???) is an upside down punched heart.

Have you ever tried bending any of our Photopolymer Stamps? They can be bent and manipulated to fit into a space if needed, rather than just using them as they come. That's how I did the sentiment under the turkey! I used the Happy Thanksgiving from a past Paper Pumpkin kit to do this.

Have you thought of any other non-Halloween uses for the Spider Web Doilies? If you have, and you need more for the rest of the year, scurry on over to THIS IMPORTANT PAGE to grab them. 

While there, check out the rest of the products that will be retiring FOR-EVER from the Holiday Catalog, and snatch them up before they are all gone! 

Oh, before I forget: Starting Monday, November 23, Stampin' Up! will present their ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA with prices as low as 50% off. This Extravaganza will only run one week, November 23-30. Deals too good to pass up! Why fight the store crowds when you can do your shopping for good deals in your jammies in front of your computer!?!?

As always, when ordering from Stampin' Up!, remember to name me as your Demonstrator! Thanks bunches!


Thursday, November 19, 2015


This image pretty much
sums up my day today.

I had oral surgery yesterday,
so today I am at home
and following


Just sayin'.

Some tortures are physical
And some are mental.
But the one that is both
Is dental.
- Ogden Nash -


Wednesday, November 18, 2015


The October Paper Pumpkin kit is simply precious. The colors are striking, the ideas are darling, and I know I will use the included stamps a zillion times. SO VERSATILE!

Of course, as usual, I decided to march to my own drummer. Even though I love the cards that you can make with the kit, I wanted to stretch my imagination a bit, and make them purely my own. Putting  my own stamp on them, so to speak. 

On the following card, I only used three components that actually came with the kit: the cute green printed background, the precut banner and three of the stamps.

I used two of the leafy-looking stamps, facing in opposite directions, to outline the preprinted leaves on the white piece. 

Changing the color of ink for my card, I opted for Mossy Meadow, using this color as both the outlines and the "Thanks" on the banner.

Grabbing some of the Mossy Meadow ribbon I found on the Clearance Rack, I made a cute bow for the front of the card. Don't you just LOVE that ribbon? And it is simply exquisite to work with. The ribbon is still available in Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Whisper White. But, unfortunately, not in Mossy Meadow. The current five colors can be found on page 159 of the big catalog.

But, as simple as it is, I think my favorite parts of the card are the three 3" Mossy Meadow panels that are spaced evenly across the Pear Pizzazz background piece. At first, I was just going to do the printed piece atop the Pear Pizzazz. But -- I don't know -- it looked somehow naked and unfinished. I'm not sure how inspiration struck me to do the strips. But I am so glad that my muse was looking out for me. Because I think the stripes are crazily effective.

Stampin' Dimensionals and the depth and richness of the bow 
add a pleasing dimensionality to the card.

Aw, here it is again.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015


Have you ever had the opportunity to play with the Circle Card Thinlits (page 171 of the big catalog)? 

A few months ago, the Circle Card Thinlits was one of the offerings on the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals. Since it had always intrigued me, and it was ON SALE, I leaped at it. 

Besides being able to create wonderful flip cards easily, the set also comes with many other cool dies. Just look at the picture on page 171. 

With the Circle Card Thinlits, you can make your creation as fussy and detailed or as simple as you want. This was a card for one of my Stamp-In Workshops, so I elected to make it more on the simple side.

The cute scallop around my sentiment came with the Circle Card Thinlits. Of course, it is just the right size to frame something on the circle created in the card.

The very center of the small flower, punched with the Petite Petals Punch, in this photo was made using the Flower Patch stamp set (page 76) and the matching Flower Fair Framelits (page 172).

The flower on the front side of the card was also created with the same stamp set and Framelits. I topped the center flower with a retired clear button.

Following are simple directions to re-create this card in any color combination you choose. My main colors happened to be Sahara Sand and white.

Flower Patch stamp set

Sahara Sand Designer Series Paper
Naturals White cardstock
Sahara Sand cardstock

Sahara Sand ink

Big Shot
Flower Fair Framelits
Stamping Sponge
Petite Petals Punch
Glue Dots
Circle Card Thinlits
Corner Rounder Punch

Cut your card base from the Designer Series Paper you choose with the Circle Card Thinlits in the Big Shot. Crease on the score lines so when you pull on the card, it flips open properly.

Open the card flat and use the Corner Rounder Punch to round all four corners.

From coordinating cardstock, use the jagged larger flower from the Flower Fair Framelits to cut a flower. On a scrap of cardstock in another coordinating color, stamp the pointy flower in the same color. Cut this out with the appropriate Framelit. On a scrap of your first color, also in your choice of ink color, stamp the larger of the dotty centers and cut this out with its Framelit. Glue all the flower pieces together. Add a clear button to the center with a Glue Dot. Adhere the completed flower to the center of the circle that shows when the card is in the closed position.

To make the center for the opposite circle, stamp a sentiment onto a piece of the first color of cardstock. Cut it out with the scalloped Framelit that comes in the Circle Card Thinlits set.

Punch a flower from scrap with the Petite Petals Punch. Sponge the edges with ink.

On a scrap of your second coordinating color, stamp the smallest dotty center in ink of choice. Cut it out with the correct Framelit. Attach this center to the flower. Adhere the finished flower to the edge of the scalloped circle.

Adhere the completed circle into its position.


Thursday, November 12, 2015


Witnessing a 
like this,
how can one
deny the 
of a 

despite his
is certainly 
not capable
of creating such


. . . I mean, how can anybody look at this 
and not believe there is some higher power, 
some divine force at work in the universe greater than man, 
some god that created it, that created all this, that created us?
- Katharine Hepburn -

An interesting perspective:
Derived from the Latin word "Deus" meaning "God", deism is a theological/philosophical position that combines the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge with the conclusion that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.

The classical view of the deist takes what is called a "cold" approach by asserting the non-intervention of deity in the natural behavior of the created universe. In other words, the belief that "God" created the universe, but remains apart from it and allows his creation to administer itself through natural law.

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