Pampered Stamper is Coming Soon!

There are only FIVE more days to register for the “Early Bird” price for Pampered Stamper 2016! To register, send me an email to let me know how you’d like to pay. I can send you a PayPal link to use, or I can take a check or cash. Your payment confirms your reservation, so contact me today!

Here is a photo of the main project you’ll complete at Pampered Stamper, but there will be several other projects as well! You’ll make a fall & Christmas themed block decor – and the blocks come with the project so you could make more decor at home for other holidays!

GI block project

Stamp-A-Stack for World Card Making Day!


Join me for this year’s Stamp-A-Stack for World Card Making Day! This year I am doing the event a little differently – since my house is still undergoing some renovations I wouldn’t have the time to plan, order and prep my typical Stamp-A-Stack, so you get to pick your own kit! This means you could choose to not even make CARDS this year – you could make gifts or tags!

I’ve missed having classes, so I hope you’ll join me! Register to attend no later than September 19th so I have plenty of time to order your kit and other supplies.

See you soon!

Join me for my “Create a Calendar” class

This Perpetual Calendar kit is so fun and simple to create! Join me for my upcoming class – I’ll have all the supplies you need, including your kit!  Visit my class information page for details and to register.

Check out this information video produced by Stampin’ Up! for even more information about this kit:

In Love with Valentine’s Day: Class Projects

Are YOU ready for Valentine’s Day? You are if you make one or all of these adorable projects! We made these at my recent “In Love with Valentine’s Day” class!

The card on the right uses Crumb Cake cards & envelopes, which come in a package of 20, already cut and scored for you! We simply stamped, added some Stacked with Love Washi Tape, and added the Sweetheart Punch heart on dimensionals.

The “so sweet” project in front of the card is a Ghirardelli chocolate holder! We used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Stacked with Love designer paper stack, and the Hello Life photopolymer stamp set. It’s tied with a simple white baker’s twine, and has a single rhinestone embellishment.

The box project on the left uses one of my favorite items: Tiny Treat Boxes! They are 2-inch cubes, 25 per package. We added some designer paper, a Red Glimmer Paper (no glitter-shedding!) heart punch and tied it up with a Real Red cotton ribbon bow.

The final card is a shaker card. The window is cut with the Word Bubble Framelits, and the tiny hearts inside were punched with the Hearts Border Punch.

Let me know if you have any questions. You can order all the supplies for the above projects from my Online Store, 24/7! Order NOW for Valentine’s Day projects – orders typically take 7 days to arrive unless you pay extra for expedited shipping.

AND Sale-A-Bration is going on right now, so with every $50 in merchandise you receive a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

Handmade Holidays Box Decor Project Using MDS

In my upcoming Handmade Holidays class, we will be making this MDS-hybrid decor box project!

I created these two pages from scratch in My Digital Studio. I knew what size I wanted my circles to be for the project and designed it around that. The JOY letters are punches and the LOVE letters are a stamp brush. I added a drop shadow effect to the letters for both pages.

Here’s how my final project looks, after punching the letters out with my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, stamping on the Tiny Treat Boxes with White Craft ink. I used the heart from the Work of Art stamp set and the snowflake from the Cheerful Tags photopolymer stamp set. For a finishing touch I added Rhinestone Jewels (colored with permanent markers) to the end boxes. I used the same 5 boxes for both sets of letters, just stamped and put the letters on opposite sides!

decorboxes-joyside decorboxes-loveside

My Handmade Holidays class is on Friday, November 14th, and the registration deadline is this Friday, October 31st! Click here for my info page and to register TODAY!

If you want to learn the My Digital Studio aspects of this project, join me on Friday, November 7th for my Getting Started with MDS class! Click here for info and to RSVP for this FREE class by Tuesday, November 4th!

MDS Project: Welcome Banner

MDS welcome bannerMDSwelcomebannerhangingWELCOME! I love scrapbooking and making cards in MDS, but I also love coming up with different projects using this terrifically versatile software!

Today I’m sharing this welcome banner project I made using My Digital Studio by Stampin’ Up! This banner was made this past summer for my New Catalog Open House. To make the banner within MDS, I used a blank template for 5″ x 7″ postcards. I made the banner to be viewed in both directions, so the postcard was perfect for that! The back of the “W” is an “E”, and so on…

The digital items I used for this banner are all from a kit called Lemonade Stand, which was a download available only during Sale-A-Bration several years ago. I used a font on my computer called “Irish Spaghetti.” It was a free font, but I don’t recall where I got it.

Once the banner pieces were sent back to me from the printer, I used a corner rounder punch on all the corners, punched holes for the jute to go through, and tied black grosgrain ribbon (retired) as an accent.

As a bonus, since I used “postcards” to make the banner, and envelopes are included with postcards when printed through Stampin’ Up!, I have all the envelopes that came with the postcards to use for sending 5″ x 7″ cards. That will come in handy!

Postcards in MDS are available in 3 sizes: 5″ x 7″, 4″ x 9-1/4″, and 3-1/2″ x 5″ – select portrait or landscape.

If you’re local, I hope you’ll join me for my FREE “Getting Started with My Digital Studio” class. Email me TODAY to RSVP. I’m closing registration at 8 attendees!

Sale-A-Bration Countdown: 4 Days!

***Order in my Online Store by March 30 and use Hostess Code CD2XZKDS to save some money on shipping!***

With only 4 days left to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion, I wanted to make sure you knew about the Bundles you can order, shown on pages 4-9 in the Sale-A-Bration brochure!

yay for cards bundle

 The Yay for Cards Bundle (135336) comes with a Simply Sent card kit, a Simply Created card kit, 2 full-sized ink pads, glue dots, and 2 stamps.

birthday bash bundle

The Birthday Bash Bundle in Wood Mount (135316) or in Clear Mount (135317) comes with Whisper White card stock & envelopes, In Color markers, Rhinestones, Baker’s Twine, and a stamp set. It goes great with the Banner Blast SAB stamp set!

all wrapped up bundle

The All Wrapped Up Bundle in Clear Mount (135340) or in Wood Mount (135339) comes with the Tag a Bag and Tag a Box kits and accessory kit, a stamp set, and 2 colors of coordinating ribbon.

party party party bundle

The Party, Party, Party Bundle comes 4 ways: Wood Mount in Bermuda Bay (135324) or Clear Mount in Bermuda Bay (135325) or Wood Mount in Calypso Coral (135328) or Clear Mount in Calypso Coral (135329).  It comes with a full banner kit and add-on kit, a stamp set, note cards and envelopes, and an ink and refill.

life on the go bundle

The Life on the Go Bundle (135332) contains all the fun Retro Fresh This & That stuff! The journal, stickers, journaling tags, wooden elements, washi tape, rotary stamp & more!

lets get digial bundle

And finally, my favorite, The Let’s Get Digital Bundle (135343) is all about MDS! The all-digital bundle includes the MDS Software (chock full of tons of goodies already!), a stamp brush set, digital embellishments & pocket cards, and a photobook template! What a great way to get started on your digital crafting adventure! Choose one of the digital SAB items for even more fun!

As always, contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help you decide which bundle and free SAB item to choose!

Perfect Blend Coffee Treat Cup Cards

Coffee Bean Perfect Blend treat cup cards - Visit for details and more projects!I was recently going through my Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog just to find project ideas or remind me to use items I haven’t used much lately. Well, this strategy worked! I found my Sweet Treat Cups and got to work!

I’m pretty excited about this card. After all, it’s not that often that a card comes right out of my brain, without help from outside sources!

We love coffee in my house, and I have recently fallen in love with the Perfect Blend stamp set, so I knew what I had to do! I raided my kitchen for the coffee beans. I stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the Crumb Cake background before embossing with the Decorative Dots embossing folder (available during Sale-A-Bration, but carrying over to next year’s catalog!) I used my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch through the Crumb Cake card stock and banner made using the Epic Day designer series paper. I even used the Crumb Cake circle scraps to stamp my sentiments on each card!

I love the look of the card, which is perfect for a man or woman who loves coffee. But even more, I love having these cards sitting on my desk – I can totally smell the coffee through the treat cups!


St. Patty’s Banner

st. patty's banner - Visit for details and more projects!Just sharing this super-cute St. Patty’s Day banner I made this afternoon!

When my mid-month newsletter comes out on Friday, there will be full instructions on how to make this banner… so don’t miss it!

Join my mailing list by filling out the form in the upper left corner of my website. You’ll need to do this before Friday to see this project again.  See you there!