Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous

As promised the other day, here is one of the cards I designed using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Bloomin' Marvelous.  When you spend $50, you can select this stamp set free from now until March 22nd.  It's a very versatile set.  Tomorrow I'll show you another design using another of the great stamps in this set.

Stamp:  Bloomin' Marvelous; Inks:  Night of Navy, VersaMark; Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch (retired), Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Emboss Powder/Iridescent Ice, Heat Tool, Anywhere Glue Stick

Although you can't see it well in the photo, the bottom corners have all been rounded off. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Host, Shop, Join During Sale-A-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration is a great time to host a party or shop and get free product or join the Stampin' Up!® family.  For more information click the images below or contact me with your questions.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bloomin' Marvelous Secret Garden

What a day!  I didn't think I'd have a chance to do any crafting today but needed a break.  When Aiden took his nap, I sat down at the craft table and this is what I came up with.  I love the Secret Garden Bundle!  I even got out the Large Paper Doily Sizzlits Die and used it for the first time in months.

Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden, Bloomin' Marvelous; Inks:  Midnight Muse, Stampin' Write Marker/Summer Starfruit; Card Stock:  Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Large Paper Doily Sizzlits Die, Secret Garden Framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels, Anywhere Glue Stick, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimenstionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

We have had no sunshine here today so the photo was done in artificial light and didn't turn out the best.  It does not do the card justice.  The Midnight Muse card looks black.

The sentiment is from the Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set.  It's one of the Sale-A-Bration sets you can get free when you place a $50 order.  I love it.  Over the coming days, I'll show you more cards made using some of the other stamps that come in the set.  Contact me today to get yours.

Monday, January 28, 2013

24-7 Oh, Hello Flowers

Just a quick post for you today.  Many things are happening that will not allow me much creative time.  Here is the card I made for a challenge I participate in regularly.  I love the colors of this one.  The Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack has so many beautiful papers in it.

Stamps:  Pretty Postage, Oh, Hello; Inks:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, Secret Garden Framelits, Mini Glue Dots, Anywhere Glue Stick, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy 25th Anniversary!

Each stamp set is made up of all time favorites along with a new never-before-seen stamp.  A new stamp set for each month of the year.  Kicking off the year is the Best of Birthdays Clear Mount Stamp Set (132929, $14.95).

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Vanilla Red I Love You

Although this card was made with Valentine's Day in mind, it would also be appropriate for an anniversary or one of those just thinking of you cards.  I love getting those.  It's nice to know that someone thinks of you now and again.

Stamps:  Just Believe, My Little Valentine; Ink:  Riding Hood Red; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits, Full Heart Punch, Modern Label Punch, Stripes Embossing Folder, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack/Heart, Dazzling Details, Blender (to add zigzag to label), Anywhere Glue Stick, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

For the heart behind the stamped heart, I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack heart then, cut around it and it was a perfect fit for the background.  To get the texture on the Riding Hood Red layer, I ran it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, first one way then the other. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Aiden's Art

My three year old grandson, Aiden, is always wanting to sit on my lap when I am crafting.  Because he is such a little wiggle worm, I've not been able to let him do that.  The one time I did, I had to cover up many mistakes to my project.  So, this morning we shut off the TV, turned on the Oldies (he doesn't care just so long as it's music) and I turned him loose.  He had all the fun and made very little mess.  I was so proud of my little man.

We made a canvas for Mom and Dad out of left over punch outs and some of my acrylic paints.  He picked all the colors and put things where he wanted them.  Grandma is already thinking ahead to our next project.  As much as I don't like finger paints, I know he would have a ball with them.  Sigh... the things we do for our grandchildren!

Everything used is Stampin' Up!® product except the canvas and the acrylic paints.  The Rhinestone Basic Jewels were colored with permanent marker.

He did the printing with a wee bit of help from Grandma, of course.  He loved the paint brush!  If I would have let him, he would have covered everything with paint.  He is so excited about giving this to his parents. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Frost Mini-Album

Update:  Click on the Winter Frost Mini-Album tab at the top of the page to see the whole album.

A couple of weeks ago I took a class at the local scrapbook store.  It was such a fun time and learned a lot about what you can do with your card stock other than just make cards.  :-)   I'm planning to make more of these using some of the card stock I've been hoarding from Stampin' Up!® to give away as gifts.  All you have to do is add your photos.

I do have photos of the whole album but it would make for a very long post.  So, what I will do is make a special page just for it and share it all with you.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Sale-A-Bration Time!

Get FREE products during Sale-A-Bration.  That's right!  For every $50 you spend from January 22nd through March 22nd, you will receive a free product of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  For more details, click here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Heart Canvas

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been doing some early spring house cleaning.  While going through some boxes stored in my closet, I found three 6x6 canvases that a friend had given me.  I love the mixed media canvases and I made this one for my granddaughter's room.

Stamp: Trust God; Ink: Raspberry Ripple; Card Stock:  Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack/River Rock; Accessories & Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Bitty Buttons, Mini Brads/Silver, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Craft Paint

Now I'm off to make something for the grandsons.  Since it snowed yesterday and today is bitter cold, I plan to stay in where it is warm and cozy.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1John 4:7-8

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grand Opening Today!

I'm pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe Gift Shop.  All items offered in the Gift Shop can be found under the Gift Shop tab at the top of the page.

So, to get things started, I'm offering a free gift to one lucky recipient.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the Grand Opening page before midnight (Central Standard Time) January 20th, to be in the drawing.  The winner will be announced on Monday.

What, you ask, is the free gift?  Click on the Grand Opening tab to see a photo and for all the details as well as a few other surprises for those who leave a comment.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Stay Tuned for Further Developments!

You will notice that a new tab has been added to the menu tab at the top of the page.  It's where you will need to go to sign up for your chance to win a free gift from the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe Gift Shop.  That's right!  The Grand Opening of the Gift Shop is Saturday, January 19th.  Watch for the details on Saturday.  Until then, enjoy a little sparkle!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thoughts of You

Again, I found a sketch challenge that I wanted to try.  I hadn't used any of the Core'dinations paper I ordered from the now retired Holiday Catalog.  Why, you ask?  Well, I kind of forgot I had it.  When I was looking through my card stock to use for this card, there it was.  I love it and now want to get it in the other colors offered in the Spring Catalog.

Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts; Ink:  Early Espresso; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Core'dinations/Early Espresso; Accessories & Tools:  Top Note Bigz Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Little Labels Punch Pack, Pearl Basic Jewels, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Once you lightly sand the top of the paper, the 'core' shows through and gives a whole new look to the design.  Isn't it great?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thanks So Much

I've finally had a chance to play with some new product from the Spring Catalog.  Being sick and having new toys and not feeling like playing with them is the pits!  Now that I can breath again and not cough my head off, here is a card I made from a card sketch I found on my demonstrator only website.  I love the Secret Garden Stamp Set and Oh, Hello Stamp Set and the Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack.  Well, actually, I love it all!

Stamp Sets:  Oh, Hello, Secret Garden; Ink:  Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

I really do like the clean look of this card.  It's going to be perfect to send to my friend, Sandra, who brought me a care package while I was sick.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Cute Little Valentine Puppy

The other day I was looking for ideas for my grandchildren to take for treats on Valentine's Day and came across a video by Dee Slater that showed how to make this cute Valentine puppy.  I gave it a try and it is really a cute and easy little card to put together.  I stamped the Happy Valentine Heart sentiment on the inside of the card using Real Red.

Stamp:  Happy Valentine Heart; Inks:  Real Red, Stampin' Write Marker/Soft Suede; Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Basic Black; Accessories & Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

I think he is just the cutest thing!  We'll see what the grandkids have to say about him.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A New Monthly Kit Program

Let this creative coach whisk you away to a 30-minute journey into creativity once a month. Emerge rejuvenated and invigorated with something to share or keep and enjoy.  Everything you need (except adhesives) is included to create fun and unique projects you will love sharing with friends and family.

How it works:

Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Each provides the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with project-cards, journals, decor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and pre-cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th; we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!). 
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit.  If you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month only, you can order by visiting my online store or call me and I'll be happy to order it for you.
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting today, January 14, by visiting and click Get it.   Your first kit will ship in mid-March.
A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Whether you are an old hand with Stampin’ Up or are entirely new to crafting and creative paper endeavors, you are going to love Stampin’ Up’s new Paper Pumpkin.

Contact me today with all of your questions. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It's Been a Rough Week!

I'm taking today off and doing as little as possible.  Of course, I might do more when I can breath again.  Coughing until my ribs hurt!  Sneezing like it will never stop!  I really don't like feeling blah?  This is exactly how I really feel!

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's A Reminder

Having been sick for three days, I've not had a chance to get a photo taken of the my Grand Opening gift.  So, today I'm reminding you that there is only a little over a week left to get these two great specials.  My Little Valentine and the Valentine Treat Bundle end on January 21st. so be sure to get yours ordered today.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Now, I'm on my way back to the sofa.  It's been my spot for the day.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Little Valentine

Okay, here is my last Valentine card for the time being.  I have three birthday cards to design for three of my grandsons.  They all have birthdays this month, one right after the other three days in a row.  I'll share those cards with you once I have them done.  Right now they are only images in my head just waiting to find their way to paper and ink.

For this card, I used some of the new Print Poetry Designer Series Paper from the Spring Catalog.  It has some beautiful colors in it that I'll be sharing in future projects.

Stamps:  You Are Loved, My Little Valentine; Ink:  Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Hearts Collection Framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

The Grand Opening for the Gift Shop is set for January 25th.  But, be sure to check back this Friday for all the details on how you can register to win a one of a kind gift.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Be My Valentine

Here is another Valentine card I made from previously cut supplies.  The original was also a Valentine card but the stamp set used on it has retired and I wanted to update it.  I already had a stamped blossom from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and thought it would make a great heart.

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen, Mixed Bunch, Tiny Tags; Ink:  Riding Hood Red; Card Stock:  Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Neutrals Designer Series paper Stacks; Accessories & Tools:  Full Heart Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

I love the heart punched from the Mixed Bunch blossom.  That has been a very versatile stamp set for me.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

You Are Loved Valentine

With a class looming on the horizon, I've been busy trying different designs, trying to decide what ones I'll use.  Since I don't want to use retired product for this new class,  I've been re-purposing some supplies cut for earlier classes that didn't get used.  This card was originally a birthday card but I thought it would make a great Valentine card.  I'm not a big fan of pink but combined with Night of Navy, it makes for a very pretty card.

Stamps:  You Are Loved, My Little Valentine; Ink:  Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Full Heart Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

The inside of the card has the Whisper White layer to allow you to write a message.  It also has been stamped with the Be My Valentine sentiment from the You Are Loved Stamp Set.  At the bottom of the white layer is a border of Pretty in Pink that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.

For more details about the Valentine Projects Class, click the Stamping Cafe Events tab at the top of the page.  There are a few spots still open so be sure to reserve yours' today.

Monday, January 7, 2013

It's a Work in Progress

Yesterday our local scrapbook store had a free Beginner's Scrapbooking class so I decided to take in the action.  It's been many, many years since I last did any scrap booking and I wanted to revisit the basics.  It was an excellent class.  Janet was informative, articulate and so very helpful.  It was a small class and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have long been wanting to get the photos I took on my very first vacation ever into a scrapbook.  The photos are old and mostly black and white.  Hmm?  Does that tell you anything about me?  To give you just a bit of back story, my grandmother took me on a month long vacation that started in Iowa, of course since that's where we lived, trailed west into numerous states and north into Canada and culminated in California to visit her brother and his family.  Then, we meandered on back towards Iowa.  It was fantastic and something that I have never forgotten.  I was only 16 at the time and had never been out of the state.  Grandma sparked my interest in so many things with that first taste of the world.

At the class, we were able to select three colors to work with and coordinated with the colors in our photos.  As you can see, I chose brown, cream and blue. 

I can't wait to get the rest the photos all done.  It's a work in progress and a labor of love.  Oh, and just so you know and in case you are curious, this is what Old Faithful looked like back in 1966!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord God is everlasting strength.

Isaiah 26:3-4

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Welcome to my Saturday!

I have determined that this is going to be one of those slow, lazy days for me.  I'm going to do whatever I have a mind to do, whether it be crafting (which I've already done some since I woke up early), shopping, reading or movie watching.  It has been a whirl wind week and I'm ready for a bit of a slow down.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Framed Happiness

Over the holidays, I've had a lot of time to spend crafting.  I've not had to watch my youngest grandson very much so that allowed me time to get some new items made.  I love the black, white and gray tones but the photo does not do it justice at all.  I'm thinking I need to take another one and see if I can do a better job of it.  Of course, I always blame it on the camera. 

And, now I'm off to work on the projects for my January 24th Valentine class.  I have changed my mind on what we will be making so I need to get busy and make sure I have everything in order for it. 

Stamp Set:  Heard from the Heart (retired); Ink:  StazOn/Black;  Paper:  Royal Metallics Wausau paper for the solid layers and flowers, Wallpaper for the background and top layer of the flowers; Accessories & Tools:  Blossom Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Mini Brads/Silver

Thursday, January 3, 2013

With the New Year, Comes New Products!

There is so much to share that I'm just going to keep it brief and let you explore for yourself.  Below you will find the new Spring Catalog.  It has so many great new products!  Just click the image to check out all the new stuff, then head for the store.  You can find it at here.

And, from January 3 through 21, two special promotions, My Little Valentine and the Valentine Treat Bundle, make getting ready for Valentine's Day so easy.  Click the image below to get all the details.

As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to contact me

Spring has Sprung at Stampin' Up!

The new Spring Catalog is here and does it have some wonderful new products.  You'll find the link on the sidebar just below the Annual Catalog.  Today's card was made using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and the A Little Greeting Stamp Set.

Stamp Set:  A Little Greeting; Ink: Cajun Craze; Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Textured Impressions Embossing Folder/Honeycomb, Pearl Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, Small Octagons/Nestabilities

To add a bit of differences, I cut out some octagon shapes to add to the hexagon shapes of the honeycomb.  It's going to be fun trying to come up with new ways to use this embossing folder. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Little Valentine

It's a new year!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  Now it's time to get back to the normal flow of days.  I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to it.  I'm glad those few weeks of busyness only come once a year.

Over the weekend I began work on the card designs and mini tote boxes we'll be making in the Valentine Projects Class at the end of the month.  Below you will find one of the cards we will make.  For more details about the class, click the Stamping Cafe Events tab at the top of the page.

Stamp:  My Little Valentine; Ink:  Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Small Heart Punch, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder/Cloudy Day, 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon/Pool Party, Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive 

I've also been working on new items for the Gift Shop.  The Grand Opening is coming soon so be sure to check back often to see new items and for your chance to win a free gift.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Perfect Plum, VersaMark; Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Glimmer Paper/Silver; Accessories & Tools:  Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels (colored with permanent marker), Stampin' Emboss Powder/Clear, Stampin' Dimensionals