A parade of SWAPS!


Happy Saturday….Happy Weekend!

A trip that should have taken us 5 ½ hours ended up to be around 9 hours…so I decided to take this weekend to share with you some swap cards that I received while on the Stampin’ Up! Trip.

There is nothing like being in Interstate 95 with a bunch of new best friends! It was a very slow go but we made it!

Sometimes a blogger needs to do what a blogger has to do – find some material to make you a happy crafter! I know that you are just like me…we love getting ideas and what is better than a SWAP!

Here are 10 beauties that are waiting for you to ooah and aawh over.

The great thing about blogging is…there will be another time! I simply did not have it in my to type up my post that I had planned for you today!

Milo was a perfect traveler and while we were at a completed stand still…he ventured into the front seat to be in my lap! I just had to snap a picture of him!

Enjoy and tomorrow I will have some more!

















I hope that you enjoy this parade of beauties… tomorrow I will have some more to “strut” for you!

I must admit, I felt like a “girl scout” being prepared – I had these photos in my computer just waiting for the perfect day….and today was it!


Holiday Catalog Product Share offerings!


Guess what is in 2 weeks from today?


YEP, September 1st  and that means that it is the first day to order from the new catalog! New catalogs are always an exciting time but this catalog timeframe is a ZOOM timeframe.

We all know that the time from September 1st to the end of the year just ZOOMS by!

Let’s just step back and think of all of the things that go on. Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and we can’t forget the “others” that just happen like Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries…I think that you get it!

With the Holiday Catalog everyone seems to order quickly because that “calendar thing” that I talked about!


The cut off for the 1st wave of Product Share is Sunday, September 3rd.


I will be doing a 2nd wave of Product Shares but that not be until the 3rd week of September. I need to budget my time for my monthly kits so please if you want to get in with the 1st round, email me before September 3rd and please put in the subject line HOLIDAY PRODUCT SHARE so I can spot it quickly!


I will be ordering as soon as I see the Green Light go on with Stampin’ Up! at 5 a.m. on September 1st!


I will be “johnny on the spot” to order promptly to hopefully avoid any potential backorders….(fingers crossed that there will not be any) to be able to turn around your product shares in a jif!

I have been doing shares forever! (well, you know what I mean) and by now many of you know the scoop! I take great pride in my shares as “I get it” – it is super exciting to be able to get a taste of the new products without having to buy it all.

If you are new to shares….you will love them as it is just what I said – I take the product, divide it up, package it …and off to you in the mail – that is what I call  “Happy Mail” and when you receive it…you WILL do a happy dance that your family will probably not understand….but again, I get it!

I use Pay Pal for my shares but I am not able to send an invoice out until September 1st (Stampin’ Up! policy) but again, I will have everything all ready to hit that button. As a share fills I will email you a confirmation for your share.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions and DON’T FORGET YOUR ADDRESS!!! (you all get so excited that you forget the important stuff!!!!)


Share #1 – Swatch Books – you will receive (7) swatch books…all ready with the product info on them for you to be able to get stampin’ ! ~ $15.00 and ships for FREE!




These are life savers! A tool that I touch each day as it saves me so much time when I am looking for “the right color combination”. I will cut all of the paper so you can flip away and see! A great tool for the crafter as well as for the demonstrator!

On the back, there is the important info with the colors that coordinate, the item # and price….I guess you can say that they are just the BEST!


Product Shares #2  – 1/2 sheets of the NEW DSP from the Holiday Catalog – $28.00…(plus some foils & glimmers  and that will make you smile…heck, it’s the Holidays – we need a bit of bling!!!)

You will receive 6″ X 12″ of all of the NEW papers and a FULL sheet of the 6″ X 6″ paper if it is a Paper Stack! There are 7 New Paper Collections!

The New Papers are:

  • Quilted Christmas – 6″ X 6″ paper stack
  • Merry Little Christmas
  • Merry Music Specialty
  • Christmas Around the World
  • Year of Cheer Specialty
  • Painted Autumn
  • Spooky Night

The Foils Papers are: (page 194 in the Annual Catalog and the Champagne is NEW in the Holiday Catalog)

  • Gold, Silver, Copper &  ***Champagne

The Glimmers are: (page 194 in the Annual Catalog)

  • Dazzling Diamonds, Silver, Gold and Red


Product Share #3 – Ribbon Share (10 different Ribbons) – $20.00


We LOVE our ribbon and there are some great offerings this catalog! I am still in awe with the ribbon in the Annual Catalog….and I know that these new offerings in the Holiday will make you smile!

The Ribbons with the *** are from the Annual Catalog but I did not offer them before and they are a perfect compliment for this Holiday Catalog

  • Quilted Christmas Ribbon –  2 ½ yards
  • 7/8” Black and White Stripe Ribbon  –  2 ½ yards(LOVE THIS)
  • Jute Twine –  2 ½ yards
  • Mini Tinsel Trim Combo: This offering there are (2) colors, Real Red and Silver…2 ½ yards of each color
  • Real Red 1/8” Solid –   2 ½ yards (LOVE THIS)
  • Vintage Crochet Trim –  2 ½ yards
  • ***Garden Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (pg. 198 in Annual Catalog) – 2 ½ yards
  • ***3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon:(pg. 199 in Annual Catalog) This offering there are (2) colors,Gold and Silver…2 1/2 yards of each color



Product Share #4 – Embellishments – $20.00


The Embellishments in this catalog are over the top….out of control!!! That is what it is all about with the holidays…the little extra something! Hang onto your Santa Hat ’cause wait until you see this list of goodies!

  • Stitched Felt Embellishments – (2) each of the 3 designs offered, (6) in total
  • Mini Ornaments – (4) of them
  • Green Sprigs – (6) of them
  • Acetate Boxes – (2) of them (LOVE THESE!!!)
  • Year of Cheer Embellishments – (2) each of the designs offered in both gold and silver, (8) in total
  • Foil Snowflakes – (4) each in both Gold & Silver, (8) in total
  • Mini Pizza Boxes – (2) of them (LOVE THESE!!!)
  • Black Rhinestone Jewels – (50) 3 mm, (10) 4 mm, (10) 5mm – (70) Rhinestone jewels in total




  • SHARE #1 –DSP Swatch Books – $15.00 – FREE SHIPPING!
  • SHARE #2 – 1/2 Sheets of DSP  – $28.00
  • SHARE #3 – Ribbons – $20.00
  • SHARE #4 – Embellishments – $20.00



  • If you are just ordering the  DSP Swatch Books (share #1) – the Shipping is FREE 🙂 
  • If you are just ordering the NEW DSP Paper (share #2) – the Shipping is $6.95 (Priority Mail Shipping Fee)
  • If you are just ordering Shares #3 and/or Share #4 – the Shipping is $5.00

****Any combination of the above shares the shipping is $6.95 due to the fact that I have to mail Priority Mail to accommodate the proper care for the 6″ X 12″ of the DSP. ****


If you WANT IT ALL ($83.00 in total) – the shipping is free  plus I will throw in a sheet of new MINI Stampin Dimenisions….I call them my Stampin’ Vitamins!


Product Shares are FUN…Product Shares are SMART!


WHEW….that is a bunch to put together but I know that you are excited for the shares. It is fun and it is the best way to get all of the new kids on the block without breaking your “Daisy Bank”

Milo’s bags are packed and we are off…(well John too) to head South to see our sweet Hannah! Milo feels like he is TOP DOG being able to come with us….he is just soooo darn perfect how can I not take him!

Enjoy the day…be safe and make someone smile!


Sweet…Simple…Fun & DONE!




WOOT-WOOT to Thursday! It is time to play Tic-Tac-Toe and the board this week is super fun!

I hope that you pop over to the Challenge Site and see what the designers came up with this week and then grab another cup of coffee…study the game board and GO FOR IT!

I ended up with a very productive game board! If I had changed my sentiment…I bet that I could have covered the entire board and the best thing – it was not intentional but the more I looked at the board, the more elements of the game I had….that is what is FUN about this challenge!

I went AcrossBurlap (the bow), Banner (the sentiment) , Yellow (the watercoloring)….then Down….Flower (the stamp image), Leaf (the stamp image)….then AcrossFREE…and Splatter (Specks of Gold Paint)







I have a super sweet and fast one for you today! I think that we can all agree that there are so many times that a simple and sweet notecard like this and this just…“does the trick” There is something very unusual for me with this card….

Can you guess it? Well, let me help you! I rarely, I mean rarely ever do a side fold card. Think about it…I usually do a top fold vertical….or a top fold horizontal ….but rarely a side fold card…WHY???I have no idea!

I wanted to use a note card and today I am using the Very Vanilla Notecard and Envelopes. I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! came out with these in the Vanilla. I am a big fan of this size and it is a treat to have 2 color options! I also love the price…$6.00 for 20 thick very vanilla card bases that are already scored and matching envelopes….here comes another WOOT!







I am working on a handmade special Birthday gift for my dear sweet Aunt Jean as she will be turning 90 in about 2 weeks. If you have followed my blog than you might remember her. She is not only super sweet and special to me…she is truly a person that I look up to.

You will be seeing more cards that I will be making for her….one thing that she loves and often asks me for…is cards… and naturally I smile. I am trying to come up with fun and practical cards that I know she will love! This was …well besides the game board  – the motivation for the design of todays post!

I have said endless times before that I would have never…ever imagined that I would be doing this “blog thing” that I do…and also still be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator … remember, I was one of those that joined for the discount and then I was “out of here”…well, I guess I changed my mind!!!





What I share with you is what I use. It truly is a win-win for both you and I. I am able to cross things off of my to do list and you can learn…enjoy….have a smile and hopefully leave feeling inspired!

You can tell that I have not put the Count My Blessings Stamp Set away from Wednesday! This will be in the upcoming catalog and I know that it is going to be a one that will be in the Brown Truck to many of our homes….and I say – smart shopper!

Below you will see the images in this stamp set, very classic and easy to work with!






You an see that this is sooooo straight forward but it works! I hope that you agree. It is great to have “secret weapons” like this ready to roll. I adore this new paper and  I think that you will too!

Below you can take a peek but I think that you will agree…the picture just does not do justice to this sweet paper! (that’s why Product Shares are the best!!!!) I will be offering them to you soon….real soon!





I covered the entire front of the notecard in this fun DSP. It’s funny, you can see that the DSP has a good bit of Pool Party in it and I do not have a lick of that color in my watercoloring…but it still looks great!

The reason why I am pointing that out to to share with you that it is ok not to be so exact with your coordination….go with what feels good to you! I am tickled with the simplicity of this…very fast!






The sentiment was from the fabulous carried over Stamp Set Feather Together. There are 2 main things that I adore about this stamp set. One, because it is a Photopolymer and then other…the sentiments & fonts…WOW. I used this for a card kit that I created last year and I still look at the samples from that kit and I smile! (that’s when you know it’s a keeper)





I invite you to look at the stash that you have and then make a “blending of 2 stamps together” Let me explain, when you see the sentiments in the Count My Blessings Stamp Set, the sentiments are amazing, but the scale of them for a note card is too big for a notecard in the orientation that I chose for this card.

I went to the stash that I have and PRESTO – the Feather Together was a perfect pick. I loved the way that the sentiment had a natural flow to compliment the flower.





I bet you are wondering where did I get the gold ink for the flecks – I have a small palette of 6 paints that I enjoy adding a wee bit of bling to projects. When you hold it in your hand, you see the classic little accent that catches the light!

Enjoy your day and don’t forget to take a peek in the Clearance Area….I can see that many items have already depleted but I totally “get it” – as who does not like a deal!

Stampin’ hugs….





A “keeper” for you hump day!





HHD to you! This week is zooming by and I am excited about that as John and I are going to head South for the weekend to visit our dear Hannah! Visiting adult “peeps” is both very exciting and just FUN! 

I was so excited about this super simple card! It is right up my simple “one way alley in life” and the classic color combo of Black and White…I ask you, how can you go wrong? (let me answer this for you)YOU CAN”T GO WRONG!

The stamp is a new kid on the block (Count My Blessings) that will be available on Sept 1st….I think you all are going to like it…no I know you will LOVE IT as it is a beauty!

Darn, I could not share with you picture from within the new catalog but I was squealing (did you hear me) when I thought – “I should just take a picture of the sheet that I made when I conditioned the stamp set”!

Here you go! I was doing a happy dance when I stamped this – look how clean and crisp the images are. I swear by the versa mark…stamp….ink with Black…stamp…making a 5″ X 7″ stamped image of my stamp set just works for me.

I slide it in the inside of the cover as a reference. (I know its kinda strange, but I like to see an inky stamped version with my own eyes)






This embossing folder, Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder….is just beautiful sooooo beautiful that this is the “freebie pick from me to you” this month when you place an order of $75+. The super deep impression of these dynamic folders is just amazing!

Here’s an important tip! I like to mist the piece of paper before I run it through the Big Shot. Stampin’ Up! did a video that I have shared with you before but just in case you missed it….click here – it is a great video and it will also show you the correct “sandwich” that is need for Mr. Big.







This card is sooooo easy! I am holding tight to my motto…”If you have a keeper stamp (Count My Blessings)…the basics (the circles)…fun DSP (the embossed piece for texture & the pick a pattern for contrast)…. a wee bit of bling or interest (silver thread and the black rhinestones) you will have a great card!



Stamp + Basics + Texture + Bling = a Keeper Card



I used this embossing folder for my monthly card kit just like I am doing today and I will say – the amazing details in this folder are so clean and classic – it makes a card come together in no time as the embossing folder has done the work for you.







Let’s chat about the Black and White DSP…You know that I have blogged using this paper a bunch since its debut. It makes me smile (and that’s a good thing)

To me, this pack of DSP  – Pick a Pattern has a learning curve. WHAT? Yep, a learning curve. At a glance many thing that it is a kiddie paper as they see the big, bold, graphic designs but always remember my friends…we know that there are always 2 sides to a story….well for us – there are always 2 sides to our DSP!






Whenever I see a Black and White print…I not only “squeal” but I “cut it wisely” as I just LOVE IT! We have some new DSP’s coming out that you are going to LOVE as they are the same…a FUN & FESTIVE print on one side….and the flip – a classic! No worries, I will be doing a Product Share and we all know that they are the BEST way to try the newbies out!

This DSP that I am using today is a perfect reason/example of why having a swatch book from my shares is the way to go. WHY? Easy – as we chatted about this from a glance…the DSP being a busy bunch of prints….well having the swatch book on my work area makes it a breeze to flip through the offerings and then make the decision! They truly are lifesavers!







I know that this card is super easy (that you do not need me) but here is a tip about using this thread. I had a love/hate relationship with it until I figured it out and let me help you as well. The effect and texture it gives to a project is fun but it can be frustrating to work with.

To make it a  😀  process I just put a bunch of adhesive (fast fuse is my choice) on the back of the circles. Next, I wrap a bunch of thread around my fingers (for this size of a circle I used 3 fingers) snip it off and then take that whole darn circle and SLAP IT DOWN! Now you can pull the thread mess where you want it – works like a charm each and every time!







If I am using dimensionals or fun foam on the back I still do it this was and then add the dimension. I cannot tell you how many times I have been frustrated with this thread but once I WAS IN CONTROL (not the darn thread in control) it became my friend and heck – it gives a great effect and is super affordable!

There you go a super fast card to whip up and one that I know that we all have people to send it to. “Blessing” are a true “Blessing” and this card would certainly make someone stop and smile. To me, it is one of those “slow down life” cards when someone would receive it as it will automatically make them stop…smile….and remember the “specialness of you”







Speaking of special…..I snuck in that the Clearance Rack was added to yesterday and I also see that many of  you have taken advantage of it….WOOT-WOOT, we all love a deal! My heart was skipping a beat to get a great deal on Bakers Twine…I LOVE that stuff!

Enjoy the day and I will see you in the morning….we need to play a game….it is Tic-Tac-Toe Day!






A quick tip…50% off & Clearance Rack Stocked!



Good Morning…. Here’s a trio for you…


a TIP –  a DEAL (50% off Paper Pumpkin) & more DEALS (Clearance Rack Re-Stocked!)


I have a useful tip for you today with what to do with those Paper Pumpkin Boxes that seem to grow and grow! They are truly a very useful size and by flipping them inside/out is a perfect re-use solution.

The outside of the “new box” is perfectly plain…a perfect and clean box to re-use! I was mailing some items several weeks ago and thought…why not jazz this useful box up with some flowers! It was funny – this was not planned but there they were….some flowers just sitting on my work area and I thought, WHY NOT?

If you have never tried Paper Pumpkin…it is 50% off for a limited time….now until Sept. 10th! Grab another cup of coffee and watch this short video….







Here’s the scoop….these make a great gift…and just try it for a month! You have nothing to lose and there is no obligation to continue.

Until September 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!

If you subscribe before September 10, Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!

Fine print of the promotion:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Saturday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code,HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit. Try your kit out at the 50% off price….and if you find out that it is not for you…no worries, just cancel it by Oct 10th! It is that easy!



To get the 50% discount, remember to enter the promo code of HALFOFF0917 



The ? that I am always asked…what’s in the kit? Not to give you a short answer….but I honestly do not know…it is a surprise! Some might find that frustrating…but I love the element of the surprise and POOF – a smile is on my face when I see that little box in my mailbox.

Please do not hold me to this….BUT I would imagine that the September kit will be something super fun as if it is anything like the past (kits from previous Septembers) it is a usually something fun for Halloween/Fall.

For just $10.00 – TRY IT….you might like it!!!  Shipping from home is FUN…and make sure that you check out the Clearance Rack as Stampin’ Up! has added some goodies in there…..YEP = Bakers Twine is in there…..you know how I feel about that!!!!

Here’s a throw back that will make you smile – be MIKEY….you have nothing to lose!





Remember, I offer a very generous rewards program…and this months freebie from me to you with a $75.00 order….the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder….it is simply amazing – you’ll see it in use tomorrow!

Have questions….please feel free to email me! Until tomorrow….






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