The Retirement Sale is here!!!!!

Retirement time is so bittersweet!  I am so sad to see some of my favorite things go as well as sets I longed for but just haven’t gotten to yet.   Make sure you take advantage of the great discounts on accessories and get this years retired stamp sets before they are gone for good.   View the accessories here and stamp sets here.  Here’s a little flashback that is done with my very favorite retiring set Raining Flowers.

triple stamp

On the so very bright side, the new catalog is HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Of course it is AMAZING!  You can check it out online and order beginning May 31.

If you are local and attend my Ma’s & Pa’s Day Workshop on May 4 at 10am and place an order of 25$ or more, you will receive a new 2013-14 catalog from me as well as be entered into a drawing to receive a very special “retirement gift”.  Oh, what the heck, even if you can’t make it, place an order of $25 or more between now and May 5 and I’ll get you a catalog and a drawing entry too!

Now get busy stampin’ before their gone!



Where have you been Busy Stamper?

I’m so sorry I have been MIA for so long! I told you I am busy! The holidays are the busiest time of year for me in the salon but for some crazy reason I thought it would be a great idea to move my salon to a new larger location right in the midst of it. I also got to go to the DC area to visit my folks for Thanksgiving, had a really sick kid, decided to take my role as Santa way too seriously and make a play market instead of buy one, and host Christmas Day at my house. My 55 Christmas cards barely made it out on the 23rd, handmade of course. Needless to say, my papercrafting had to get put on the back burner for a bit.
Boy do I feel cranky now! Paper crafting is my zen so it is good to be back. I think the Spring catalog is adorable enough to keep me out of the looney bin, but my goodies aren’t set to arrive for a few more days so I got out one of my tried and true sets to make some “Get Well” cards for everyone who has been sick.

Get wellI hope you are all healthy with all the nasty bugs going around!

Now get busy stampin’!



A jar full of thanks…….

My life is so blessed by amazing people that do little things each day to make my life and others a little more special.  They don’t do it because it is the Thanksgiving season (although that is a good reason!) or to gain recognition, but because it is who they are.  The “good ones”.  The ones who hold doors, let you in into traffic, loan you things, offer to bring you lunch when you forgot yours, help you with a big workshop and run back and forth when you forgot supplies, forgive you when you are running late, and so many more small and simple things that make this crazy world a little better.  Every one of these things has happened to me in the last few days and I feel full of gratitude.

That being said, I have a never ending need for Thank You cards.  I love to make them.  I can count my blessings and think of the dear person and their act of kindness while I make it.  Here is one that I made with one of my favorite stamp sets.  I based it off one in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.

I used the Perfectly Preserved clear mount set.  Don’t you love the mason jar!  I used the Boho Flowers Punch and an antique brad to create the 3D flower.   The Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper gave it the perfect fall feeling.

I hope you are as blessed as I am!

Now get busy stamping!


An adorable little card holder made with the top note die….

Here is another goody from my Stamping Retreat.

We used our Simply Scored boards and Stampin’ Trimmers to make the holder itself.  You could make it any size you wanted to really.  For the detailed top flap, we used the Top Note die.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dies!   I will be using it for gift tags and gift card holders soon for my Tags and Treasures workshop, so stay tuned!  If you are local, check out on my events page.

We stamped some simple little 3×3 cards for the envelope using the Lovely Little Labels stamp set and made matching envelopes with Simply Scored.  These make great little inexpensive gifts for a friend or even a teacher.  I’m thinking of doing a holiday one to hold gift tags.

Shop now to get your own top note die, Stampin’ Trimmer, and Simply scored tool and make your own!

I have a workshop and a Stamp-a-Stack to prep for so have a good week and get busy stamping!

My weekend stamp retreat

Hello again!  I’m sorry it has been a week since I last posted, but last week was crazy!  My little Lily was sick.  I feel bad that she wasn’t feeling well, but I have to admit that spending my Birthday snuggling my little one was nice.  She isn’t a very snuggly kid unless she’s under the weather.  Then Friday, I left for Tahoe City to enjoy my Birthday gift…. a Stamp Retreat!  It was tons of fun.  I made lots of new friends  and  lots of paper crafts that I will be sharing with you over the next few posts.  Although the weather was absolutely beautiful, I never left the house.  There were too many great projects to work on inside!

At craft retreats, it is customary to bring a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) to share with everyone.  It is just a little goodie to say hello to new friends.  These are some of the great gifts I received.

Don’t you just love crafters?  They put so much time and energy into making something for people they haven’t even met yet.  If you haven’t gotten to get away on a craft retreat, you really should.  Charlene our hostess put so much effort into being sure we had a great time.  There were lots of prize giveaways, great projects, and yummy food.   Maybe next year we’ll see you there 😉

This cute little milk carton made with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz die, Pennant Parade stamp set and the Petite Pennant Builder Punch was Charlene’s RAK.

Isn’t it cute?  This die is on my wish list for sure!

I hope your weekend was as fun as mine!  Now get busy Stampin’!