Monthly Archives: December 2012

Oooo. Sale-a-Bration is a comin’


So, I know it’s wrong.  But.  Hey… if you wanna be part of the it, you gotta sign up to be a demonstrator.  That’s part of the perks.

What’s WRONG (at least how you guys must see it) is that I have my SAB stuff and am CURRENTLY playing with it.  So exciting.  It’s a VERY fun year in regards to Sale-A-Bration.  So, I think it is LOVELY…

But, I couldn’t WAIT to show you what I get to play with!!  Though I cannot show you the set of stamps, I can show you stuff I made with said stamps.

This card is made with a set called Madison Avenue.  It is the one I made for a swap I am in with some other team members.  One of my  upline demos has organized it.  This is a second year I’ve participated in the swap.  It’s a lot of fun and I get lots of great cards made by talented demos (another PERK of being a demo).  Made sitting in my friend, Anne’s kitchen (another demo…which is another PERK… stamping is a communal sport…)

Anyway, here it is:


So, in this, I’m using the Madison Avenue Stamp set, the coordinating Sycamore Street DSP, and Vine Street (TIEF).  ALL of these items are in the SAB catalog (which means, you get one free with every $50 you spend on merchandise).  YAY!


Here is a close up.  (Gasp, you do have to cut the tangerine tango layer out of the flower by hand….)  Sorry.  But, it adds SO much…  it really doesn’t take long.

I don’t know why, but I’ve been in a texture layering mood lately.  So, as you can (kind-of) see, the rich razzleberry is embossed with the vine street (TIEF).  Then, I layered the DSP with the same print, then dsp with polka-dots and a solid (Tangerine Tango).  I just love the bright colors.  It really is kind of an ‘in your face’ card but it is a perfect, cheery, “Hello” in an envelope.  The card base is made out of summer starfruit (confession, when I first saw starfruit, I thought it looked vaguely similar to something that comes out of a newborn… BUT… IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLORS now…)  absolutely love it.  And, I would nave never thought of using these colors with it, but was just trying to keep the same as what is in the dsp…  And, it works!!   Those SU designers have it all figured out.

You will get a chance to earn SAB products starting January 22.  So…  if you wanna host a workshop (get more stuff for free) give me a call and we can set a date.  Also, if you haven’t received the new Occasions Mini, or the SAB catalog, let me know and I will be happy to get you one.

Anyway, As preparations are being made for ringing in a new year, I wish you the best.  And, hopefully you are safe and have a little time to enjoy some crafting!!  And family!!  and friends!!  and… and…and…  we are so richly blessed….

AND OH!!  Our next blog tour is coming up… Jan 13!!   It will feature Hearts A Flutter from the Occasions Mini (Think Valentine’s!!)





isaac 2012 christmas pic


Translated:  Isaac says MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I just want to take a moment to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas Day.  We went to Christmas Eve Service and while singing the Christmas carols it hit me how incredibly blessed I am.   I am humbled at the mercies Christ shows me daily.  I don’t understand why things happen, but I am so wonderfully happy to know the King of Kings and know that nothing happens to us that He isn’t fully aware of, and in complete control.  And, words cannot express how thankful I am for my family and friends.  And as Isaac will also spend the entire day singing:  “Happy Birthday to JESUS!!  (He is also on a “Fleece Mom and Dad” kick…  –doesn’t quite get all the Spanish just right)


(and now I gotta go finish wrapping…)

Making Christmas Treats


Well…  Gotta love pinterest.  Lots of ideas to copy.  Perhaps my favorite place for inspiration.  Anyway this post is all about Christmas treats.  I love making them.  And I love eating them. But I especially love making them with my mom and sisters.  It wasn’t in the plan this year though. Last summer we made my favorite Christmas treat in July… Mom’s homemade chocolate covered cherries…  The 4th of July may just become the 2nd Christmas… As far as treat making and eating goes.

Anyway,  I digress…

First off,  I made oreo truffles and chocolate dipped peanutbutter crackers. The delicious truffles are a recipe from one of my club members,  Jodi.  She likes making treats too…


And here are some Christmas sugar cookies.  I wish Mindy were here to help me get the frosting technique right.  But oh well…


And the collateral damage


I still have food coloring stains… Stop by tomorrow for treat.  If i don’t eat them all first…

Lots of Tags!


Botb of my stamp clubs decided to do tag exchanges for our December meeting.   It was tons of fun.  For one group,  Harriette designed a little game where we had to guess who made each tag.  I did a little better this year… Got 4 right. Last year I only got one right (my own….  Hum….) anyway… 

So…  Here are the tags!



And  here is tbe one I made…  Love that core’dinations card stock.  There are some new colors coming in the new spring occasions catalog,  but if you like these colors you’d better order before January 2…


And, I wanted to show you some mds tags I made.  In an effort to simplify Christmas,  I decided to make a bunch of tags.  These can be used on gifts,  neighbor gifts,  whatever…  Love it… Cause I made it but it was so fast and easy….


And…  Here is what it went on… SCONES!! To go with the lemon curd…


Well…  Hope you have a good next couple of days…   Getting ready for Christmas. I still have some baking to do…. And a gigantic pot of Portuguese Bean Soup to make.  My stomach is already growling…

Take time to enjoy each other.

Christmas Lemons



So… I know I need to get a post up with all my tags I got from my swaps… Promise. I will. But I wanted to share with you a tag I made for my “Christmas Lemons”. This year I decided to make lemon curd for the neighbors. It has been a bountiful year as far as the lemon tree is concerned and I wanted to share some of the deliciousness it provides. Of course, I needed a super cute tag for the jar… So the perfectly preserved framlits was perfect! And that yum stamp…. Is a SNEEK PEEK. Now… You can’t wait for January… Can you?

Remarkable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour: Affection Collection


Hello Again!

Thanks for stopping by on our blog tour for this month…  As you probably know, the chosen stamp set is Affection Collection (item 127949 for clear and #127946 for wood).  It’s found in the Holiday Catalog.

This set is one I probably wouldn’t have looked at in a catalog and chosen.  We got it for convention, and then it was chosen for the blog tour.  Which is nice, cause it is causing me to take a second look at thinks that I originally passed over.


I had fun making this card.  I kind of had Valentine’s in mind, but it would work great for a wedding, anniversary…  OR, you could substitiute the Love stamp for the Friend Stamp and it could be a multipurpose card!!  I am starting to enjoy doing the layering, shabby-chic, grunge…whatever it’s called (that is what I’m calling the layering of images onto the newsprint paper).  And, I love the pink pirouette paper…adds just the right amount of femininity   (Here is a trick I use… I use pink pirouette paper with pretty in pink ink… I find that the pink pirouette ink is often too light for what I need, but the pretty in pink paper too dark… so this is a good compromise.  And, another trick I read on someone’s blog… sorry I cannot remember where…  Coloring the pearls.  I used the Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker (#128978) and also available in gold…  to color the pearls.  This is a very nice technique… when the white pear is too stark for what you want.  And, it adds a little unexpectedness to the image.  Here’s a close up:


Anyway, here is a list of the items I used:

  • Affection Collection Stamp Set (item 127949 for clear and #127946 for wood)– Holiday Catalog
  • Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
  • DSP:  Newsprint
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink
  • Accessories:  Pearls, Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker, Vanilla Seam Binding, Window Frames Framelits Dies, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Stampin Dimensionals, Adorning Edgelits, Sponge Dauber

Affection Collection Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping!!  Enjoy your Tour!!

Next Blog in the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour

Lots of FUN packaging and ornaments



I know it’s been a while, but I’m still recovering from the Maui Stampers Craft Fair.  And, I still have a few items left, so if you need a last minute gift, let me know…

But, I wanted to share a couple of the exciting things SU has now…

First:  Check out these super neat holiday ornaments.

Code #132832
Price $14.95

The ornament on the cover of our holiday catalog is such a hit that we are making it available to you and your customers–just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you’ve made yourself! We’ve simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Our Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.) Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023)!

The Ornamental Elegance Kit includes:

  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels
CONSIDER ADDING THESE to your order to really dress up your ornaments
#102023 – Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for the extra sparkle
The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) for coordinated or additioanl projects
Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.

Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting–or for your family tree! Available while supplies last.

ORDER QUICK – while supplies last I know they won’t last long.

# Code #132832
Price $14.95

Second:  Packaging!!  Everyone Loves pretty packaging… So, here is a solution for your holiday needs:

Stampin’ Up Holiday Packaging Bundles!  All the Cuteness without ALL the work!!

Are you done with shopping?
Are you already feelilng the “How will I ever get it done?” holiday pressure?

Let me help make your presents the cutest under the tree and take some of the holiday pressure off at the same time.

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY  Stampin’UP!  Has two Holiday Packaging Bundles available.. Order via the SHOP now button or add to any party order!

Here’s the idea close up


Well… Let me know if you want to pick up a few of these… Or you can order from my online store.