Clearance Rack – New Items Added – Up to 60% Off!


There are many new items added to the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack. Some are as low as $2.00. These items are available while supply lasts. Some of my favorites are the Spider Web Doilies, Red Foil Paper, 1" Square Punch, Envelope Paper, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, and Corrugated Paper. 

Ordering: Please use Hostess Code K9N36GJ3 if your order is less than $150. 


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Vintage Leaves

It's still very hot and humid here in Florida and so it seems a bit early to think of Fall, the crisp cool weather and brightly colored leaves that go with it. But it is almost here and time to be making those seasonal cards. I took out my old favorite, Vintage Leaves stamp set, to make this card and chose non-traditional colors pulled from the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.

Navy Vintage Leaves

This was such a quick and easy card to make. The leaves are stamped with Night of Navy ink on Delighful Dijon card stock and then cut out with the coordinating framelit dies. I embossed the navy card stock with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (page 13 in the Holiday Catalog). This new "Dynamic" style embossing folder creates very deep embossing. The folder itself is bigger (6" x 6") and thicker than our other folders. Because of this you use just one plate with the multipurpose platform instead of two.

Navy & Dijon Vintage Leaves

I added a Copper foil leaf to the group of stamped leaves for contrast and repeated that with the punched out mat behind the sentiment (done with retired punches).

I wanted this card to be masculine appropriate and needed something to tie those leaves together. A regular bow didn't do it but I had some of the new Dijon ribbon which was perfect for creating this embellishment. The ribbon comes in a 3 pack assortment of Delightful Dijon, RIch Razzleberry, and Mint Macaron. So here is how I made the embellishment which I believe looks a bit like a gathering of straw or hay:

  • Cut 3" ribbon and cut off one side of the binded edge. Save this to tie threads together.
  • Pull out all of the threads and place in a stack.
  • Tie the threads together with the edge you cut off.
  • Trim ends if it's too long.




September CD Calendar

We are a few days into September and want to share the CD calendar page before the month is gone.

Sept. CD Calendar

This bookworm is so stinkin' cute. I am working on next years CD Calendar designs. It's a popular class for sure. The class is schduled for Sunday, November 13th at 1 PM or on Monday, November 14th at 9 AM. The class fee is $15 for one calendar and $6 for each additional calendar. You will make pages for all 12 months which will fit into a CD case which comes with the class. If you would like to come RSVP soon. Class size is limited. Prepayment is required. If unable to attend you will be given the supplies.

An update on my catepilars. They are all gone now and I have found one chrysalis hanging from the eaves of my roof. I still have plenty of milkweed plant so I am hoping it will attact some new butterflies.

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Gingerbread House

Prepping for a Christmas card for this weeks classes . . . A lot of cutting.

Gingerbread Card Prep

When I saw the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper in the new Holiday Catalog I fell in love with it, especially the cute gingerbread houses. I knew I would be fussy cutting them out for a Christmas card. I love every single sheet of paper in this package and love the colors too.

Gingerbread House

The card base is Early Espresso with a Real Red mat. There is only a 1/8" difference in sizes of the card base and the red mat and the white card stock so it's a little difficult to see in the photo. I cut out the gingerbread houses, some gingerbread men and a star.  I used the Christmas Pines stamp set for this card. There is some embossing using the new copper embossing powder and I added the new copper metallic thread to the card behind the gingerbread house. The little strip of Early Espresso polka dot paper is from the Neutrals DSP paper stack.

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

Gingerbread House inside





New Catalog & a New Sale Start September 1st


Just one more day for the Holiday Catalog to go live and if that isn't exciting enough there is a new sale that starts tomorrow too.


For the next three weeks Stampin' Up! is offering special itmes on sale 25% off. Each week there will be new items on sale. Here is what is on sale this week from Thursday, Sept. 1st through Sept. 7th. Remember, one week only. Love the enamel shapes and especially the metallic enamel shapes. They add so much to your card and go through the mail with no problems. I'm stocking up!

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When Stampin' Up introduced the limited-time Thoughtful Branches Bundle on August 1, they said it would be available through August 31 or while supplies last. Well, happy day—there is still inventory available! They will continue to make the Thoughtful Branches Bundle available while they have supplies. According to them "once our inventory is depleted, this exclusive bundle will no longer be available, nor will it be offered in future publications." I had hoped it would come back in a future catalog but it seems that it will not so if you love it and didn't get it yet there is still time but hurry.  There is no way to know when the supply runs out.  I love this set. It is so versatile. Who would imagine the hydrangea flower as a pumpkin! Check out some of the different ways to use this set on Pinterest. Here are a couple of my projects using this set:

HydrangaI CASED this card from Dawn Olchefski with just a few changes I made. I thought it was so different and clever the way she curved the bottom white piece of card stock. Just use a round plate or bowl to make a template.  Here is the inside:

Hydranga inside

Now what really pushed me to buy this set was seeing that the hydrangea flower could easily be made into lilacs which are my very favorite flower. It's what I miss the most living in Florida.

Lilac gift bagThis gift bag was such fun to make. Just stamp and cut the hydrangea flower into three pieces and layer to create a lilac. I used the little clothespins to attach the tag and learned a handy tip from my upline and friend Catherine Harwood. Put a glue dot on the inside of the clothespin and attatch the tag. When you remove the clothespin to get into the bag the tag doesn't fall off.


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Well, that's a lot of info for one day. If you're in Florida you are probably being hit with a lot of rain. So pull out some stamps and make some cards!

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Star of Light

Just one more day and you can order from the Holiday Catalog. It is full of wonderful new stamp sets and products. Here is a peek at one of the Christmas stamp sets called Star of Light.

Star of Light 2

The swirl of stars, the sentiment, and the image on the silver foil star are from this stamp set. There is a coordinating framelit to this set however I did not use it this time. I chose to die cut a silver foil star as my focal point. The swirl of stars, the sentiment and the image on the foil star are heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I added strands of the metallic silver thread to the back of the star using glue dots and then popped it up with a dimensional. There are also some small stars stamped on the card front with Night of Navy ink.

Here is the inside:

Star of Light 2 Inside



In March I bought one milkweed plant hoping to attrach butterflies. A friend bought three plants at the same time. She had numerous butterflies which laid their eggs, turned into chrysalis and she watched the new butterflies emerge. I had a few butterflies flying around my plant but never saw a caterpillar. I was very disappointed. Then a few days ago this happened:
CatepilersI was so excited when I saw them. There are 5 on the one tiny plant. It's amazing to watch them eat the leaves and even the stems. I worried that I would not have enough for 5 of them so I went out this morning and bought 3 more plants. I know a lot of kids experience this when they are young, in school I suppose, but it is the first time I have ever seen it. Watching a miracle happen right in my front yard. Makes me happy.
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Thoughtful Branches – Limited Time

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Stampin' Up just released a gorgeous new stamp set and die-cut bundle called Thoughtful Branches! It's a beautiful 23-piece all-occasion set featuring nature images along with some really nice sentiments. These are exclusive for August and available only while supplies last, so you won't find them in any catalog! I have seen so many beautiful cards made already with this set.

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Remember to use your Bonus Day Coupon Codes this month. If you purchased product last month for $50 or more you received an email from Stampin' Up with a code for $5 off your order placed in August.


Seaside Shore Collage Class

I saw a collage recently using the Seaside Shore stamp set and immediately thought of doing a class every few months doing a different themed collage. The idea is that you would purchase a frame and rotate the collages depending on the time of year. I will provide the designs and materials to create the collage on a piece of cardstock.  You will have a choice of doing a 12" x 12" collage or an 8" x 8" collage.

fish collage, both

I have framed the smaller collage but have not bought the frame yet for the larger 12" x 12" collage. Because most of these square frames are either white, black, or a wood tone I am going to design the projects to work with one of those options. Of course you can purchase any frame you choose to coordinate with your finished collage. Using a 40% or 50% off coupon from one of the craft stores to get your frame makes this a very affordable project.

fish collage on rug

I put this on my furry rug to take the photo. Doesn't it look like is on top of some seaweed!

fish collage 8x8

The class size will be limited so you need to RSVP right away to reserve your spot. You also need to let me know if you want to do the 8" x 8" or the 12" x 12" size. There is a lot of Wink of Stella glitter on this project so the price will include your own Wink of Stella pen which you will take home with you and will have for future collages. I already have plans for a Fall and a Winter/Christmas collage. Next year I will continue with a Spring collage and maybe a Valentine themed collage.

This Seaside Shore collage class will be Thursday, August 18th at 6 PM or on Friday, August 19th at 1 PM. The class fee is $12. Subsequent collage classes will be less since you will already have the Wink of Stella pen. You don't want to miss out on this. To sign up for this class send me an email at



More Paper Flowers

I had two classes last week for the giant paper flowers.  The thing about putting these together is that you think they are not going to turn out or look good but when you get them all finished they are just beautiful.  Everyone picked out the colors they wanted and it's just hard to decide which ones are the prettiest.

paper flowers connieConnie

Paper flowers Debi & EvelynEvelyn & Debi

paper flowers donnaDonna

paper flowers margieMargie and Marla

paper flowers SandraSandra

Linda and Pat also made the flowers but I wasn't thinking and didn't get their pictures before they left. sad


Seaside Shore Z-Fold Card

Fish Z-fold card

I made this card for a swap with some of my demonstrator friends.  We had to use new product and I had just ordered this stamp set and wanted to use it. I also had recently done a square Z-fold card and wanted to redesign it to fit into a standard envelope. The Z-fold cards are fun to do. Score a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of cardstock at 4-1/4" and 2-1/8" then fold the front section backwards. The small strip is 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored the same and then turned the opposite direction so that the longer section is across the front of the card. It's not evident in this photo but I used some of the Clear Wink of Stella on some of the images.