3-D Thursday FUN!


Good Morning and welcome to my first post with the 3 of the  OH SO TALENTED ladies that are a part of the 3-D Thursday Post..Twila Davis, Debbie Henderson and Sarah Wills. I have a funny for you before we get into this post…you know me, I love to share stories with you!

If you are new to my blog….WELCOME and you will quickly learn that I love to craft (duh!!!), I love my peeps (they have all flown the nest), I love my animals (dogs, horses, a beautiful piggy, and a dumb donkey).…I have the sweetest husband in the world (John) and the thing that I like most of all about my blog is that I love to share my love of crafting and life with YOU and it is my goal to make sure that you understand every step and what makes me roll! OK….moving on!

Back in October I received an email from Sarah Wills and honestly I thought it was spam/junk mail…basically a huge joke. I did open it and she was asking me if I wanted to join these ladies with this Thursday FUN that they so graciously do each and every week! I immediately thought….this is a JOKE….me???? Simple me that loves 3-D’s but mine are about the most basic things that come down the pike!?!?

I admit, I did chuckle and when I responded I said….are you sure??? I know that we are all perhaps in the same boat of following other blogs…..and YEP – this Thursday 3-D group of talented gals I have followed and I have also made and shared with YOU some of their ideas!

Well….here you GO! I make these each year and each year I am always beings asked…..can you send me the dimensions of how to make a decorative check holder! Well…here you go! The most important thing to remember is…..there are NO RULES in how or what to use to decorate them however I think that these Snow Flakes are just stunning!






My main objective to decorating them for you this year was to show you how you could easily do a Masculine Twist to it buy having a “Search and Rescue” session with your DSP that you have hoarded away…..(I know that YOU ARE OUT THERE)….Well let me ease your pain in trying to think out of the box!

There are GREAT option with the Twinkle Twinkle DSP and also the Best Route DSP (this is really one of my favorites and I believe that it is (sooooooo overlooked). We all know that there are some handsome plaids in the Holiday offerings but for today I wanted to share with you how you probably already have something that will work!

The next thing that I wanted to showcase was this AMAZING and classic Snowflake from the Limited Edition Snowfall Thinlits – and TOMORROW IS YOUR LAST DAY to grab them as they will be retired. Click here to see a post that I did yesterday using them, There is just something so special about a snowflake!





Have fun scrolling through the pictures and at the end of the post you will see that there is a PDF for you to use for a reference. One thing I always share with you all is..when you see a project that interests you….I would STOP and make the time to make one up – that way you will get the feel of what you are reading and seeing with the pictures. You do not have to go through all of the fru-fru details of embellishing it…it is just to get a good and solid feel!

Here are a list of bullet points that I feel strongly about in having success with this project… (I know that you all probably already know all of this….but just in case)

  • Use the Simply Scored Tool  – I know that our trimmer has a scoring part to it but honestly you will see a deeper and cleaner score line with this tool. This goes in my “MUST HAVE BASIC TOOLS” for a card maker!
  • Use a Bone Folder – Again, having the right tools makes all of the difference in the world. Using a bone folder will ensure a clean and crisp image.
  • Use a super strong adhesive – In my opinion, I love the tear n tape for most 3 -D projects. I just think that it allows for a super strong hold!
  • For adhering paper and embellishments….I still have a bunch of Fast Fuse and I do LOVE IT but I also highly recommend the mono glue (aka green glue). I am personally not a fan of our snail adhesive but I realize that many adore it….
  • Do not make your “belly band” too tight…this is something that always seems to happen when you make your 1st one. I simply fold one side over and then repeat for a loose crease and then I remove it and give it a great score with the bone folder!





Any small punch will work, I just used the 1″ one!



You can see that you use a minimal amount of DSP….just try to be clean and tidy with lining up the pieces! Take the extra time to line things up is a great habit to get into for always walking away with a professional and classic look!




Here is the star of the show and it is SOOO darn tootin easy to make and it has a huge WOW factor! I wish that you could see it in person as it is quite a beauty!

I was tickled with the look of coloring in 2nd image (I cut it out of vellum) with the Stampin’ Blends! Naturally this is optional but it does make the layering interesting. I did use the  Blend on the pearl as well!

As for adhering them….because I used some of the Sparkle Glimmer Paper….I did use several glu dots to hold them in place but have fun with dimensionals etc….remember, no rules…just use up what you have!





You can see on the one to the left I did heat emboss a sentiment from the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set. I know we all have many options that we could use but honestly most if the time I let the “fru-fru” from the front be the only adornment!

Here is a GREAT IDEA – if you have someone that love to travel…and/or if you are giving them a trip….WHAT FUN this paper is! I was super excited and also the bicycle print that is also in the Best Route DSP….that is another keeper to make for a project like this!





Remember…the sky is the limit with how you can have fun with these! This has been such a fun paper. A quick fussy cut of Santa did the tick! We all have a smile on our face when we see this sweet paper.




Well…there you go my friends! If you wish to subscribe to my blog…just put your email in the box! It is under my picture on the upper right hand side of my blog! Below you will see the PDF for you to print off if you wish.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email of you have any questions about the project! I would also love if you leave a comment and let me know how you like this project. I feel super blessed with a great group of “blog groupies” and we sure do love to yack back and forth!

Pop back tomorrow as I will have a great smile maker for you that is not only super easy….it is a project that you could whip up in no time and you will have a bunch of “new best friends” as they will LOVE IT!

Here are the the 3 talented ladies that graciously invited me to join this Thursday fun….please grab a cup of coffee and enjoy seeing their talent…I know your jaw will be dropping! It is just a blessing that this thing that we love to do with our hands…can take us all over our great country and develop friendships!

Twila Davis – Stamp A Little Longer

Debbie Henderson – Debbie’s Designs

Sarah Wills – Sarah’s Ink Spot

Click below for the printable PDF for you!

3-D Thursday Check Holder




2 Days left…you’re gonna smile!




Hello and HHD (Happy Hump Day) to you!!! How is everyone doing?


I survived Thanksgiving and it was an AMAZING one…just like I like it – AT HOME! I feel like these last several months I have been here… there ….and everywhere l but it was all great and I am happy to be home to enjoy the Holiday Season!

If you have followed my blog then you know when the peeps come home…our family loves to do a good 1,000 piece puzzle. We were true to form but the bad news….it isn’t finished. Hannah was not able to come home because of the distance so I say….we had one man down! John and I are still working on it and are determined to finish it!

Did you do any great Black Friday and/or Holiday Shopping? I sure did….from the comfort of my own home and mainly in my jammies…..now that is what I call the way to shop! I have something for you today that you too can order from the comfort of your own home but you need to act FAST as it is only available thru Friday….November 30th!






Well….it is the Snowflake Showcase offering! This is the limited edition offering that Stampin’ Up! has for the month of November. Being totally honest I was NOT going to purchase it but then I caved and I am glad I did…..please continue to read and you will see!

Remember, this will GO AWAY ofter November 30th so I would act now as we know what happens….we get SUPER BUSY this time of year and the reality is…you just have 2 DAYS! Whenever SU has these offerings….I seem to get emails asking….is there anyway that you can get me that….and guess what – the answer is NO but I am sure that you can go to Ebay and pay a CRAZY amount for it! Happens every time!

Ready for what I call…“confessions of an honest stamper”

You know that I am always honest with you about my likes…dislikes…..and I realize that we all have different tastes and styles with our crafting…but I will say….there are (2) keepers in my simple eyes with this promotion! (Please do not shoot me….I do like the Snow is Glistening Stampbut I think that I might get tired of it and the fonts are just to hard for me to read!)

I adore the below (2) offerings and I have blogged here with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp (and you will see it again on Friday) Tomorrow you will see a fun 3-D project that I will be using more of the Snowfall Thinlits with.

I have become very selective with my purchases as let’s face it….there are just so many options out there! I know many of you know exactly what I mean! The thing that gets us is ALWAYS THE TIME…and also…THE EXPENSE!






Take a look at these (2) offerings and then take a minute and just see the versatilely of them and how they can take you well past the Holiday Season. True, the snowflakes are now through the Winter but this offering has 20 dies that also match and work with the Happiness surrounds Stamp set!

That takes care of the TIME factor..as you will be able to use these 2 things for all year long and I am sure if you googled Happiness Surrounds….you will see what I mean as many people have made some great projects!






Next we will get to the EXPENSE factor…but before we do that I want you to peek below at this special stamp set, Beautiful Blizzard. I was very late in the game in purchasing this but it is a part of a bundle, Beautiful Blizzard Bundle. We all know that bundle will save you an instant 10% off but honestly, I would not purchase this as a bundle. I found the die very frustrating to work with and I go back to the focus of “having fun”….well it is not fun when it is super hard to die cut out!

So….the moral of the story is….just purchase the stamp set! We do not know if it is carrying over yet (the retired list comes out on Tuesday the 5th) but that honestly would not have made a difference anyway as SU’s Extravaganza Sale did not include any of the Holiday Products.

These sentiments and this font are just so darn classic  –  I think that they look stunning with these beautiful Snowflakes! To me, this is a perfect clean and simple card that has a sophisticated modern flare to it!








Do you see that super yummy stamping underneath of the ribbon and sentiment? Yep, I LOVE THAT! I did it with the Stamparatus and also with Versamark Ink. I simply used the images on the Happiness Surrounds Stamp (the 4 little florals) and used it with the Stampapratus made it not only a cinch but it was a breeze to do!

Having a Stamp Positioner is just simply a must have. I know that there is a learning curve with getting used to using it but trust me, practice, practice and then practice some more and you ill not only see what a time saver it is….your work will be totally STEPPED UP A KNOTCH with the clean and crisp coverage.

Let’s get back to the EXPENSE FACTOR thing….this must have tool, the Stamparatus also was not on SU’s Extravaganza Sale…..so here you go….you can get THIS, the STAMPARATUS and the SNOWFLAKE THINLITS and the HAPPINESS SURROUNDS STAMP SET…. plus pick $20.00 more dollars to spend and the SHIPPING IS FREE….now to me, THAT IS A SALE!





Now you might be saying…..Where is the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set in this deal? Well….that would have taken you over the allotted $125.00 worth of product that you only pay $99.00 (plus free shipping) Anyway, if you are going ahead and getting this deal…I would have advised you to wait until the retired list comes out as who knows….it might be discounted?

When the retired list gets unveiled…..it is WATCH OUT as things go flying off the shelf….but all of these ARE A GREAT DEAL NOW but remember, this is ONLY GOOD THRU FRIDAY (2 more days)November 30th. After that….this Snowflake Framelit and Stamp Set will no longer be available.







By now you know my simple, clean and classic style. I think that these cards are a perfect example of a “Susan Card” and I hope that you will see where I was going with the “HOW’S and WHY’S” of why this is a great offering.

I wish that we lived in the same town so I could reassure you that becoming a SUD is not a big deal at all. I think that there is a perception that you have to sell…that you have to have workshops….that you have to blog…..and here is the answer...NO, NO and NO!!! It is so simple….just CLICK HERE and you can get going…and if you were like me when I joined – I did not want anyone to know….so your secret is safe but honestly, there is nothing to be concern with…


I would much rather you think of it as you will be getting a 20% discount each and everyday!


Face it, this “hobby of love” that we do is an expense but it is an expense that we love to do and that we feel proud to do. I do not know about you but…I deeply love getting a deal on my crafting supplies and this IS the BEST and ONLY way for you to get these items before November 30th and not have to pay that icky 10% shipping! (shipping makes me grumpy)





Just take one more look at this card…and then ask yourself…. Would be a great opportunity to get these products….and still have $20.00 to spend??? (and I do not think that you need help from me with that one) ….it will only cost you $99.00 and there is NO 10% SHIPPING!

Ready for the icing on the cake? (look at the card below….Here you go……do you see that GORGEOUS Lovely Lipstick Ribbon in  the picture below? Well, it is just over the moon and it is in the new upcoming catalog and well as that YIPPEE FUN GINGHAM DSP PAPER

Tuesday the 5th of December…(the same day that the retiring lists comes out) SUD’s are able to order the new products from the catalog! I did go to Orlando and I will say….I am excited about the new upcoming catalog.

Now,  I do not want to get overly excited as we are in the HOLIDAY SEASON….and I want to enjoy the season…but let me tell you STITCHED RECTANGLE FRAMELITS coming our way….and the DSP is sooooo fun…..you better believe that I will be ordering on Tuesday with the pre-order and YOU CAN TOO!

Let me help you put this together….sign up….get the goodies I blogged about today….pick up the new kids on the block on Tuesday AS WELL AS the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set ….and you will be saying….I LIKE THAT SALE!!!

CLICK HERE…you will be happy you did.You have nothing to lose and a 20% discount to gain….it is as easy as that!





I will see you in the morning as I have a 3-D project for you that always is a hit at this time of the year (and I have also been asked to join a design team) I will be showcasing probably one of the most emailed requests that I get from people…..I hope that you pop back!

Friday I have another keeper for you…showing you how to whip up a quick and thoughtful gift that anyone would surly love to have. I just love creating this time of the year, I just wish that there was more time!

I have been crafting more lately than I have in a LONG TIME….as I have realized that the reason that I started this whole SU thing was for my love to stamp, create and makes gifts with my hands as it is both rewarding and a therapy for me. I know that I have not been blogging as much but please know….my craft hands have been busy!

Hugs to each and everyone of YOU!!!!








Get ready to smile…super clean and fun!







It feels GREAT to be back home in Maryland but YIKES….it SNOWED here today! I returned home from Florida yesterday and I am doing my best to get back into the swing of things! Yesterday…..85 degrees and sunny….today snow!!!

I have SOOOOOO much to tell you all what I have been up to but until there is time to get to that in a future post…Today I want to share with you a super sweet card that I made. I am using the limited edition stamp set/ thinlits that are available just to the end of the month…..(yikes – that is in just 2 short weeks!!!)

There are (2) stamps sets that are limited editions and there is (1) thinlit to match BOTH of the stamps sets! WOOT-WOOT.…love that when that happens! It is called the Snowflake Showcase but you can see…there are NO SNOWFLAKES on this card today!

Click here to view the PDF…and then below you will see the (1) stamp set being offered in this limited edition fun…it is called Happiness Surrounds and YEP, it is a happy one as I just adore the fun and oh so useful sentiments and the price point….$17.00 – time for a HAPPY DANCE!!






Stampin’ Up! did a great job on these offerings as it is a WINNER-WINNER Chicken Dinner that the thinlits will work for both of the stamp sets! The next time I post I am going to inspire you with the OTHER Stamp Set, Snow is Glistening and I think that you will love that as well…super clean, super fresh and super classic!

The inspiration for the design of this card came from the images that were on the above PDF from Stampin’ Up! I use the samples that the design artist come up with a bunch…I figure – WHY NOT? I was just itchin’ to see if I was able to stamp the repetitive image below the fun gingham!

Well…I DID IT and I WAS SMILING and guess what – it was super easy as I used the Stamparatus! Using a Stamp Positioning tool like this makes alignment a breeze and with the Stamparatus…even easier as I used the “hinge stamping” and it was as easy as close the door…..stamp – pick up the plate and move it down…stamp –PRESTO, perfect alignment every time with perfect ink coverage!






Did you think that I used Lemon Lime Twist for this tone on tone look?


Well NOPE….I did not, I used Versamark. If you follow my blog regularly you know that this is something that I like to do. I think that there are many times that the Versamark does the trick even better than the match color. Personally, I think that it is a softer look and I get asked this all of the time when I do this…..it does not smear – I agree, it seems like it would but truly it doesn’t!






The card is rather self explanatory as you can see that I did the same on the Balmy Blue flower, stamping with Versamarks and then cutting out the images with the coordinating thinlits. Layering elements like I have done below just is a “smile maker” as you can clearly see that the choice of colors that you could use are just endless!

That is another PLUS to us CARD-MAKERS….we can have any color our heart desires and in our IMAGINARY WORLD….when we create – there are no rules! I personally love this trio of a color combination  –  Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel. Fun, fresh and clean!







Below you will see the image of BOTH of the stamp sets being offered and the thinlits. You will quickly see that they work for both stamps. At first I was not going to purchase this but then I caved….I asked some enabling friends and looked at many samples from others…and YEP – I hit that button and took it with me to Orlando.

It is a beauty but remember, it is JUST AVAILABLE thru November 30th! I can’t wait for you to see the next card that I made with this offering….the snowflakes are just to die for and we all know….snowflakes are another smile maker….(as long as they are on paper and not in real life like we have today)








With me just coming back from the 30th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! I am super excited to get the engine started with some of the offerings that will be available in January. I know, I know….we have PLENTY of time for that date to get here but I just could not resist using the upcoming NEW 6″ X 6″ Paper….called Gingham Gala…..I ADORE IT and I know that it will be a HUGE HIT for Stampin’ Up!

I just love ginghams and this pack just screams Spring with the color choices! One side is a larger check, the other a smaller scale. Both are great and they also would be great to use together….why not – never be afraid to mix up the sizes of prints? You better bet that they will be in my Product Share….








Well…there you go…..a quick post to make you smile and I cannot wait to inspire you with more fun projects using this Limited Edition Set! I hoep to be in the swing of things as I was fearful that I would have forgotten how to blog!!!! To top it off…I went to go edit my pictures and the editing software that I use has CHANGED….and this non-tech Mom doesn’t do well with change…..oh well, off to watch you tube views on it!

HA-HA….seriously, this is the ABSOLUTE LONGEST I have even been without blogging….on my way to the airport I discovered that I left my Laptop and iPad at home….YIKES – when I met my downline at the airport she looked at me, laughed and said – OH WELL…..not the end of the world….

It was a great time away and I am excited for the new upcoming catalog and its offereings and then lets quickly chat about the SAB (Sale A Bration) offerings……do you remember 2 or 3 years ago how much fun we had with the crazy chickens????WEll, get ready for Mr. Frog….there is a SAB offering that is not only a total HOOT…..it is a must have in all of our homes as he is so darn tootin’ cute!

Stay warm…do some exercises as Turkey Day is in a week! Calgon, take me away….the time is FLYING! (but who doesn’t love to gobble-gobble)




The 24 hour sale is ticking!!!

Let’s get this 30th Birthday Party rollin’ 


There are 30 Stamps that are 15% off

(just kick this festive image below and POP…you will go right to the discounted stamps!!!)






Here is a super quick….(like 30 seconds) that is a festive and fun showcase of the stamps offered today! There is just something FUN about Balloons…..enjoy!




Do you have a favorite stamp that is on sale?


I am going to snatch up a couple as believe it or not…there are many that I do not have…..and my 1st SNATCH PICK is….Another Wonderful Year…..

I adore sentiment stamps and I did not purchase this before as I thought it was a little pricy…..but you know what STAMPERS do when they hear the word SALE……yep, HIT THAT BUTTON!!!!



(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)




Speaking of Sentiment Sets….here are 2 more that are fantastic staples that are keepers!



With all of the amazing Designer Series Paper that we all tend to collect….these simple stamps are fantastic to make a quick card that carries a big impact….and to me, are TIMELESS….and that is the name of the game in my opinion!

Just layer some cardstock with a stamped image over a beautiful paper……write a heartfelt message and GET IT IN THE MAIL! Poof….you will feel great and the recipient will love your message!



(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)




(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)




There you go….now go enjoy the sale and have a great day! John and I are off in the morning to the great state of TEXAS to see some AMAZING LADIES….and I am sure he will be more of a hit that I will be!

Hands down, Fall is my favorite time of the year so if it is beautiful where you live…go and grab some of that Autumn beauty!



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