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!

Oh my, oh my! So many great things in November!

Stampin’ Up!  Oh how I love thee!!! November is such a great month!

First, the week long celebration of Digital Scrapbooking Day is still underway.  Free digital downloads and 50% off digital kits are available at  Get the free ones even if you don’t have my digital studio yet, I mean come on, they are free!  You can use them in any program that can do svg files!  Click my shop now link to get yours!

Second,  the long awaited Stampin’ Trimmer is now available to purchase!  It is awesome!  It blows my old trimmer right out of the water!  I am in love!  It has a super sharp blade for great cuts every time, as well as a scoring tool.  The grid lines are under a plastic coating so that they never rub off.  Genius!  There is a great storage compartment underneath that locks tight so you can take your tools to crops and classes so much more easily.  It truly is the best cutter I’ve seen.

Third, the amazing Ink-credible promotion!


There are two ways that you can  get FREE INK from November 1 through December 16:

  1. Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party will get a FREE collection of Classic Stampin’ Pads (retail value $49.95)!
  2. New demonstrators who join Stampin’ Up! during the promotion period will get a FREE collection of Classic Stampin’ Pads with their Starter Kit!

It’s an INK-redible time to host a Stampin’ Up! party and join the Stampin’ Up! family!

So contact me to take advantage of all this amazing Stampin’ goodness!

Now 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’!


Inspiration and perspiration……

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again.  The most time consuming part of crafting is coming up with ideas.  If you can find great sources of inspiration, you can keep your creative juices flowing and put a handmade project together in no time, saving a lot of perspiration!

I love following great  blogs.  They are full of fun ideas.  I love for all things crafty, for lots of yummy recipes and gorgeous food photos (that help me with earthy color combos and make sure I’m not crafting on an empty stomach),  istamp by Nancy Riley  for SU ideas (she posts cards by lots of different SU artists), and Random Acts of Creativity to keep up with trends outside the Stampin’ Up! world.  Check them out for inspiration and to save yourself some perspiration in your crafty and homemaking pursuits.

I also love Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers, but inspiration doesn’t have to be online.  It can be anywhere.  For today’s project, I took inspiration from a Birthday invite to a party my girlfriend was having for her daughter.  This was the invite to her adorable “Apple of Our Eye” themed 1st Birthday:

I had also seen all the cute decor ideas her Mama had been pinning lately, so I decided to keep with the theme when I wrapped her gift.  Hand stamped gift wrapping looks great and your host will love it because she picked the theme herself!

Here is what I came up with:

And this card I made at Janice Urke’s Thursday Night Stamp Club went with it perfectly!


Next time you are headed to a party, get your inspiration from the invitation!  I promise it will be a big hit!

Now get busy stampin’!






My take on triple stamping…..

Anywhere you look in the paper crafting universe right now you can find cards with a  stamped background on triple layers, dubbed “triple time stamping” (not to be confused with double stamping 😉 ).   I’ve seen so many versions that I have no idea who to credit for the idea!   This is my version.  I used the 2012-14 in-colors and the raining flowers stamp set.

One thing I learned early on in my paper crafting journey is that once you come up with your design it doesn’t take much longer to make multiples than to make one.   To save time and be sure I have a back stock of great cards for any occasion I always make at least 2 cards, I mark one as a sample and give the others.  This time I cut enough for 10 and went ahead and stamped 2.  Now I can easily grab the layers and use any stamp set or embellishments I want to  make a great card in a hurry.

Here are the dimensions so that you can create your own triple stamped creation:

Colored card stock for borders  and base

8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ to fold for card base,  4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″

Card stock for stamping

5 1/4″ x 4″, 4 1/4″ x 3″, 3 1/4″ x 2″

Now get busy stampin’!