Black Friday with Stampin’ Up! Products

Black Friday with Stampin’ Up! Products

Some of my favorite things are part of the Black Friday sale with Stampin’ Up! products!  Like the Sweetheart punch!

I have the full heart punch, but I love this one more, it just seems more flirty and fun, rather than just a plain heart.

Seeing that it was on sale, I had to share a project with you using it.  Here is what is on sale – each item has a limited quantity for that price, so don’t wait to order.  Click here to order!

This card starts with one of my go-to color combinations:  Real Red, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake.  I think I could use these colors together every day and not get bored with it.

The elements of this card themselves are pretty straight forward.  We have rectangles, circles, a heart and a scallop.  But each element was dressed up making this card fabulous.

The Crumb Cake rectangle was dressed up by dry embossing it with the Chevron embossing folder.

The Marina Mist rectangle was dressed up with paper piercing around the edges.

The Real Red circle was dressed up with faux stitching with the Chalk Marker.

The stamped heart piece was dressed up by using a stamp on Whisper White and then punching it out.

The scallop circle was dressed up by doing it half Crumb Cake and half Real Red.

And the Whisper White circle was dressed up by stamping the sentiment on it.

All these little dressing ups taking this card from a great basic layout to a fun and texture rich card.


Black Friday with Stampin' Up! Products


The step by step how to’s of this card will be added to Stamping Family later this week in a new video.  If you aren’t a Stamping Family member, click here to check it out!

Here are the supplies used for this card – they are listed as full price.

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Big Shot




Thanks so much for joining me, and be sure not to miss out on all the great products for this year’s Stampin’ Up! Black Friday sale!

Make a Snowman Paper Doll and Friends on Sale!

Make a Snowman Paper Doll and Friends on Sale!

Have you ever made a snowman paper doll?  Or a penguin paper doll?  Would you like to?  Well with the stinkin’ adorable Snow Friends Framelits Dies, you can make the CUTEST little snowmen (in two sizes!) and penguin paper dolls with just-as-cute wintry accessories with a roll through the Big Shot. Let’s take a look at three super quick samples and you can see just how adorable they really are:

Snowman Paper Doll

Penguin Paper DollLarge Snowman Paper Doll


You just stamp, roll and assemble!  You can make cards, tags, add them to scrapbook pages, use them as place cards, cut out a ton of pieces and have a craft that will keep the kiddos occupied – there’s no end to how many ways you can use these and they are ON SALE through the Weekly Deals!  Does it get any better than that?

Check these out and the other three great deals you can get and go ahead – revisit the fun and make a snowman paper doll!

Making Handmade Christmas Cards

Making Handmade Christmas Cards

This past weekend should have been spent packing boxes and getting ready for our move.  Instead it went the direction of crafting.

Have you ever procrastinated by crafting? 

That might have been what I did now that I reflect on it right now with my morning coffee.

Emily is on a competitive cheer team this year, and loving it.  From the bows to the other girls, she is in her element.  And it’s perfect for her.

The cheer moms do a spirit gift before each competition.  There are four of us working on the first one.

We are moving, so why in the world did I volunteer to do the first one?  Stupidity?  Quite possibly.

But in my mind at the time, I wanted to get them done!  I said I would make the gift bags since that is right up my alley.   AND get them made before I lose the stamps in the move :).

It was a whirlwind weekend of glimmer paper and red stars (I will share the gift bags as soon as they are done.)

But then I had left over parts…

They were sitting on my craft table when I got in here this morning and instead of seeing cheer bags, I thought instantly that the stars that were already die cut would be perfect for some handmade Christmas cards and away I went.

The sentiment I went with was perfect for these glimmer stars, it is from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  It couldn’t be a better size or sentiment.

I should take a picture of my pile of red scraps that I have sitting here, but instead of photographing them, I grabbed one of them and turned it into a banner.

A little dry embossing of the Crumb Cake square I had sitting out for some reason and this card was practically done!


handmade christmas cards


This card didn’t have THAT many supplies.  One stamp set, one die set and a few odds and ends.  But I LOVE the way it turned out.  It might just be one of my favorites that I have created for this Christmas year.

Want to make this card?  All the supplies and order links are listed below with one exception – I went with a retired embossing folder for the red star.  Either choose a different pattern or leave it plain :).
Product List

Big Shot

Banner Punch


Be sure to check back this week for more on the gift bags – they are cray-z cute so far!!!  Thanks so much for joining me today where we turned cheer scraps into handmade Christmas cards!


Moving Time!

Moving Time!

Whirlwind is defined as to move or travel quickly.  And that describes us since mid-July.

We started cleaning out, fixing up, packing up and all the jazz – and that is NEVER a smooth process.  Each time we move, we think we will be smarter, more organized and more efficient with it.

And then we sit back and laugh and laugh and laugh.

The sign in our yard switched from For Sale to Sold a couple of weeks ago.




And now comes the task of moving…

The house we are moving into has a bigger craft room for me.  I have shared videos before in my craft room, and the room looks HUGE.  It is not.

For some, this would be the dream craft room.

And if it was only a craft room, it would be.  But this little room that I occupied is also where I do paper work, film and edit videos, and so much more.  I outgrew before we ever moved it, it is smaller than the one in our last house.

The new office at the new house is bigger.  It is almost 1-1/2 the size of this one!  I am so excited I can barely stand it!!!

It will need new paint and a different layout.

So my question to you is this…

Do you want to see the changes come to life?  Would it interest you to be a part of that journey?

Either way, leave me a comment and let me know!

A Quick and Easy Card Using Trendy Gray and Yellow

A Quick and Easy Card Using Trendy Gray and Yellow

I am sure you have seen this fun trendy color combination everywhere – gray and yellow.  From bright to metallic, from antiqued to high gloss, gray and yellow together are hot in fashion, home decor and all over the web.  Today’s card makes great use of the two colors together and comes together in a snap thanks to a couple of stamps with unexpected punch.  Let’s take a look:

Trendy Gray and Yellow on a quick and easy card


You can see the immediate impact that Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight have together and using crisp Whisper White allows all the saturation of those two colors to come through.  For the gray “swath” I used the Watercolor Wash background stamp.  This stamp is like the little black dress of my collection because it goes with everything and depending on how you dress it up or down, it takes on a fresh look every time I use it.  I added some splotches with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set because, as I said before, curves love angles and even though the Watercolor Wash image isn’t sharp lines, our eyes do see it side to side, creating that linear flow that is offset beautifully with those yellow circles.  A quick zip of a Butterfly Thinlit through my Big Shot, some Basic Rhinestones and a greeting banner offset by the now retired Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (sniff, sniff, I miss those little scallops!) and this card is done.

Here’s what else I used on this card:



Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch


The next time you want to create a quick and easy card, look to the trendy color combinations you see everywhere – like this gray and yellow – and experiment with them and see what YOU come up with!