Need More Coffee?

Here are three more cute cards – each made with Merry Cafe stamp set, Coffee Cup Framelits dies and designer series paper.   With a few simple changes, the basic card design becomes a seasonal masterpiece.  All three are way too cute and lots of fun to make! 

To create the mummy, begin by cutting out a coffee cup using the Big Shot and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, then cut 1/2″ wide stripes of Very Vanilla cardstock and sponge the edges to create the mummy’s bandages.  Then use snail adhesive to attach sponged strips to the coffee cup in an overlapping pattern and trim off the excess pieces.  The cup lid was made by die cutting vellum cardstock. Create your own googly eyes with circle punches and add a highlight with chalk marker or a white gel pen.  

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It seemed only fitting to create an equally cute one for Christmas version of this card using two patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack.   The buckle was made using Layering Squares Framelit dies and some gold glimmer paper.

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Last, but certainly not least, this adorable valentine features two more patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series PaperThat’s right, the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper works for more than just Christmas! The colors are perfect for all occasions and when paired with this particular sentiment, it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day card!

merry cafe valentine

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Exciting News to Share!

Fall is an exciting time in the Stampin’ Up! crafting world.  Here is some great news to help you stock up on your crafting supplies and save money!

World Card-Making Day is October 7th.  It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection with the special people in your life.  Stampin’ Up! has two great promotions to help you celebrate the joy of card making!

From October 1-10, the following items are on sale (click here for details)

  • Receive 15% off Notecards & Envelopes
  • Receive 15% of select stamp sets
  • When you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! 

From October 1-31, Stampin’ Up is offering Buy 3, Get 1 Free Special and choose from select packs of Designer Paper.  There are 13 different patterns to choose from.  Click here for more information.  

And guess what,

  • You can take advantage of both promotions in the same order!
  • And, the stamp sets that are 15% off for World Card-Making Day coordinate perfectly with paper packs that are part of this Buy 3, Get 1 Free special. 

And if you use my host code (TGXHYFZY) and purchase more than $50 in product from my on-line store then:

  • You’ll receive a bonus gift from one from the following:  Black Rhinestones, Pearls, Regular Rhinestones or White Perfect Accents to jazz up your card making projects.
  • Important!  If your order is more than $150, do NOT enter the host code.  You will automatically qualify for my bonus gift as well as earn Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!

How do you place an online order?

  • click here to go to the Stampin’ Up on-line store
  • select your items and add them to your shopping bag (remember to check out clearance rack and 10% off bundles for more great values)
  • click on the shopping bag link
  • add host code (TGXHYFZY) in the field under the Special Offers section of the shopping bag (see below)
  • click Apply.  And, you will see my name appear on the screen
  • click Check Out and follow instructions for making payment 
  • click Place Order
  • if you do not yet have an online account, you will be asked to set one up.  Please be sure to select me as your demonstrator and
  • if you have any questions, please give me a call and I will help you.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Got Coffee?

Can you believe that it’s almost October? Do you know what that means?

That’s right! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and your Stampin’ Up! catalogs and study the designer series paper packs!

From from Oct 1-31, Stampin’ Up! is offering an amazing deal — buy three packages of Designer Series Paper, and get one free!  Choose from the following selection of 12″x12″ paper packs or 6″x6″ paper stacks in the annual and holiday catalogs:

  • Just Add Color 
  • Delightful Daisy
  • Birthday Memories
  • Be Merry
  • Pick A Pattern
  • Coffee Break
  • Naturally Eclectic
  • Whole Lot of Lovely
  • Christmas Around the World (holiday catalog)
  • Painted Autumn (holiday catalog)
  • Petal Garden (stack)
  • Color Theory (stack)
  • Wood Textures (stack)

Look at these wonderful cards Merry Cafe’ stamp set and designer series paper.  This fun stamp set has sentiments and images for all seasons! These cards feature patterns from the new Painted Autumn and the Coffee Break design series paper packs.

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coffee cafe samples fom catalog

merry cafe simple design

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Paper Pumpkin – holiday gift giving fun

Do you love cute, coordinated Christmas cheer? So does Paper Pumpkin!

Do you love everything heartfelt AND handmade for holiday giving?  Paper Pumpkin is offering back-to-back, made-to-match kits for October and November.  They are perfect for neighbor gifts or hostess gifts or just something little to have on hand when you want to share a little kindness to someone. 


Get the first of two adorable kits during a Season of Style when you subscribe for October’s kit at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10. Remain subscribed through November 10 to make sure you don’t miss out on the second coordinating holiday kit. Happy sharing!

Here a quick 1-minute video with more details.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Random Act of Kindness

random act of kindness is any action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a place mat in Sausalito, California in 1982.  Ten years later, Anne published a book, entitled Random Acts of Kindness, speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

Today, RAKtivists are changing the world through random acts of kindness.   


‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’ – a kindness ambassador who inspires others with hope, kindness and generosity through their actions.   RAKtivists are everywhere.  The stranger who stops to hold the door open for a young mother with her hands full.  The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger.  The person who leaves behind painted rocks for others to find.  The crafter who sends cards to brighten someone’s day.   Yes, you are a RAKtivist!

Recently, I received two RAK cards from other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  These are ladies that I have never met – but they choose to send crafting hugs to me.  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox.  I couldn’t wait to open a crafting hug to me!

This card uses the “Crafting Forever” stamp set.  

crafting forever - Sept RAK

And this card uses “Oh So Eclectic” bundle.

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World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017

While we should probably celebrate kindness every day, the official day is Monday, November 13th.  So mark your calendar & get ready to spread lots of kindness!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Moon Baby

All the joy of babies, but without the sleepless nights! This nursery-themed stamp set called Moon Baby will put a little twinkle in your eye when paired with a cute little baby gift.  

I’ve been fortunate that many friends are welcoming new babies and grand babies into their lives recently, which means I’ve gotten to hold several precious bundles of joy.   At a pool party, little 2-month old Riley was fussy as he was passed around – that is until me!  Let’s just he loves to cuddle curves!  Oh my!  Did I enjoy holding that little guy!

Here’s some example cards made using Moon Baby stamp set.  

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Above, I used Archival Basic Black and clear embossing powder to stamp the images on Shimmery White Cardstock.  Then used Pacific Point ink and my aqua painter to create the watercolor background.  On a scrap piece of Shimmery White cardstock, I stamped and heat embossed another moon baby image, colored it with blender pens and fussy cut the image.  I then attached it over top of the watercolor background (this helped to hide any areas where the Pacific Point bled over into the moon or on to the baby).  And, used my Daffodil Delight marker to color the stars.  

When I have the time, I enjoy crafting and trying different techniques.  When I don’t have the time, a mono-chromatic card will give you a simple yet sophisticated look in about 5-10 minutes.  

For the next card, I stamped the image using Powder Pink on Whisper White, matted the image with cardstock and added some designer paper and ribbon.

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Using Pool Party, I made a similar card but changed the orientation and added some silver foil to dress it up a bit.

moon baby 03 pool party

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Technique: Layered Images

Recently I participated in a bi-monthly swap with other demonstrators.  Here is one of the awesome cards that I received from Lisa Freeman using the Painted Harvest stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.

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To re-create this card,  you will need to three pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock:  2″x 3-1/4″, 2-1/2″x4″ and 4″x5-1/4″.  


Step 1:  Use just a little bit of snail adhesive to temporarily stack and keep the three pieces from moving.  To help you see the three pieces of Very Vanilla, I ran the edges of the small and medium pieces across an ink pad.  

Step 2:  Stamp as you normally would.  Don’t worry about how the image gaps near the edges of cardstock — when the pieces are matted, the gaps will be hidden.

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Step 3:  Carefully remove the pieces as to not tear the cardstock.

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Step 4:  Matt the three pieces of Very Vanilla with coordinating colors of cardstock:  2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, 2-3/4 x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  

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Step 5:  Assemble and embellish.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Technique Video : More Heat Embossing

Embossing is one of my favorite techniques! But did you know there are many ways to emboss? Watch this 7-minute video from Stampin’ Up! in which Andrea demonstrates several additional embossing techniques: water embossing, embossing in any color ink pad, embossing on vellum and another faux metal embossing

Now the other day, I taught how to heat embossing by first inking your stamp with versamark and them inking your stamp with another ink color.  However, this video taught me a new trick.  With our new ink pads, if your stamp pad is freshly inked, you can skip the versamark because the fresh ink will be juicy enough to hold the embossing powder.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Creep it Real

Capture the fun-filled spirit of Halloween with this Creep it Real stamp set and create terrific treats for all the big and little monsters, vampires, skeletons, witches and pumpkins in your life!

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With so many exciting holidays represented in our new catalog, there’s only a short amount of time to create fun-filled Halloween projects—and that time is now! Halloween is just a 6 weeks away!  Eek!

creep it real treats

These treats were created with Treat Tubes,  Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and Gussetted Cellophane Bags, and embellished with Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, Vintage Crochet Trim and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine.

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Here, Mini Treat Bag ThinlitsGussetted Cellophane Bags and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine were used to create these cute treats.  And, this Halloween themed designer paper was created using the Creep it Real stamp set and markers.  You don’t need to worry about coloring in the lines, because the little extra coloring gives it a fun eclectic look!

All of these products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided or use the shop tab above.  And, remember to brush your fangs after enjoying these delicious Halloween treats!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!