Spooky Cat Trick or Treat Card

Here is one of the cards we made this weekend at my World Card Making Day event!  It was made with the Spooky Cat Bundle and coordinating Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  This bundle includes both the Spooky Cat photopolymer stamp set, as well as the Cat Punch.  What’s great about the punch is that it perfectly cuts any cats you stamp with the cat stamp from the set, but it ALSO perfectly cuts out the printed cats on the Designer Series Paper as well!








This card actually has very little stamping, which makes it a great card for beginning card makers!  The only thing actually stamped is the Trick or Treat sentiment.  The cat was punched from the Designer Series Paper, and the witch hat is fussy cut from a different design from the same package of paper. It was layered with a strip of paper in a third design from the Spooky Night DSP, and a large circle made with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in So Saffron.  (I added the So Saffron just to mix up the color scheme a bit!)

Also, I cannot take credit for the basic design of this card.  It was inspired by a card sketch that I saw online.  The sketch is shown below:

I love card sketches!  Especially when I have Crafter’s Block and just can’t seem to come up with anything original on my own!  This sketch was designed by Maureen Piut of Viva la Verve.  I found it on Pinterest, and immediately knew I wanted to use it to make something with this bundle!

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by today!


For a complete list of the supplies used to make this card, please see below:

Why NOW is a Great Time to Join Stampin’ Up!

Have you ever considered joining Stampin’ Up!, but were waiting for a great deal to do so?  Well now through October 10th could be the time!  Here’s a few reasons why:

  1. Get $125 worth of brand new Stampin’ Up! merchandise of YOUR CHOICE!  That’s right, you get to choose what YOU want for your starter kit!  Choose from the Annual Catalog, Holiday Catalog, and even Clearance Items from the online store!  You save $26 right off the bat, as you get to choose $125 worth of stuff, but you only pay $99 (plus tax).  And it all ships directly to you for FREE!  So you save another $12.50 on shipping!
  2. Choose stamp sets for your starter kit that are part of the World Cardmaking Day sale, and the DISCOUNTED price of the sets is what is applied to your $125 in merchandise!  That’s ANOTHER savings of 15%!
  3. If you join now, you can add any or all of the NEW Stampin’ Blends markers to your starter kit as well!  These are only available to demonstrators until the 15th, and then they will become unavailable until the official release date, which as of now is unknown.  We have been told that it will be sometime in 2017, but that is not 100% certain.  Joining Stampin’ Up! now will give you access to this new product NOW.  I received mine yesterday, and they are AMAZING!
  4. Signing up now gives you until the end of APRIL 2018 to meet your first quarterly minimum!  That spans the rest of the Holiday Catalog period, as well as the 2018 Occasions AND Sale a Bration offerings!  As a demonstrator, you would get to order from the new Occasions and Sale a Bration catalogs an entire month before anyone else!  And Sale a Bration is already a great time to stretch your dollar, as you get a FREE item for every $50 you spend.  But if you are a demonstrator, you ALSO get to save 20% off all of your purchases on top of it!  How great is that?!?!
  5. You don’t have to host one single party, or sell to even one single person EVER (unless you want to). You can join and just order for yourself, and get all of the great products you love for 20% off to start, with a possibility of your discount increasing to 25% later!  (Ask me how!)
  6. Everyone who joins my team receives a separate welcome kit and additional FREE GIFT from me for joining!

Have I convinced you to at least think about it?  I hope so!  I would LOVE to welcome you to my team!  But remember, some of the items mentioned above are only available for a limited time!  So please don’t wait TOO long!  🙂

If you have any questions, or would like to chat more about joining Stampin’ Up!, please feel free to contact me!  Or, click here for more information or to join!

Enjoy your day!


Using the Painted Harvest Bundle to Make a Wreath

One of the best things about being a crafter in the digital age is that there is SO much inspiration right at your fingertips!  I often find myself kind of stuck as to what to create.  So I get on my phone or laptop and look at what others have created in order to try to find some inspiration!  A number of crafters have created cards using the Leaf Punch from the Painted Harvest Bundle to make a wreath, but none have caught my eye like the one created by European Demonstrator Maike Ulbrich.  I happened upon a card she created while on Pinterest looking for ideas, and I really fell in love with her design!  She used the Leaf Punch to create a wreath in soft shades of greens, and paired it with neutrals, linen thread, and wood elements.  You can see her original version here.  I loved it so much I knew I wanted to try to create my own!  I used Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the ink colors, but mostly Pear Pizzazz.  I used the detailed leaf stamp from the Painted Harvest stamp set to stamp a bunch of the leaves.  To make the color softer, I stamped off each one before stamping the final image.  I then punched them all out with the Leaf Punch, and arranged them in the wreath shape, tucking an Old Olive one in every so often to vary the color slightly.  When creating the wreath, I arranged and adhered them to a circle of cardstock that I cut out separately.  I did not adhere them directly to the top layer of the card.  This made it easier for me to get them just the way I wanted!  Once the wreath was finished, I adhered the whole thing directly to the card.

I used Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and Very Vanilla for the top layer, as well as the backing for the sentiment.  The little wood flower comes from the Touches of Nature Elements.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, and is punched out with the Classic Label punch. I finished it off with some Linen Thread wrapped around the top layer, as well as for the bow behind the flower.  I really love how it came out!

Thanks for visiting today!


You can find all of the products I used to make this card below:


My Favorite Broadway Show

Got to see my favorite show ever for the ninth time last Saturday night!  If you’ve never seen Les Miserables, I highly recommend it!  Such a great story, and the music is AMAZING!  This card pays homage to the main character, Jean Valjean, as this was the number he was given while he spent 19 years in prison. 

This card was pretty simple to make, as there are only a couple of basic layers, and some easy water coloring and stamping. The background is colored in Real Red and Night of Navy, and the numbers are stamped in Basic Black. This card is not embellished at all, and that was done on purpose, as to keep the focus on the numbers. If you listen to the soundtrack or see the show, you will hear the number 24601 quite a bit! Definitely see it if you get the chance!

Hope you like it!





NEW Stampin’ Blends Markers Coming Soon!

As if October couldn’t get any more exciting with TWO sales, Coordinating Paper Pumpkin Kits, FREE Merry Patterns Stamp Set, and a FREE Classic Stampin’ Pad with an order of $50 or more…NOW, Stampin’ Up! has announced that they are releasing a BRAND NEW line of alcohol based markers as well!  The new markers are called Stampin’ Blends and they are perfect for coloring and blending!  The new line will initially consist of 12 different exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, in both light and dark shades, as well as an Ivory and Bronze marker, and a Color Lifter.  The release date for customers is not yet certain, though it will most likely be sometime before the end of 2017!  However, there IS a way that you can get these markers now…

Simply join Stampin’ Up! between October 1st  and October 15th, and you can add these markers to your starter kit!  When you join Stampin’ Up! you get to choose $125 of product for just $99!  For only two weeks, these markers will be available to ALL demonstrators, including brand new ones who wish to join during the demonstrator release!  After the 15th, the markers will be unavailable (even to demonstrators) until the official release, which as of now, is still unknown.  This is truly a great time to join!

It is my hope that I will have my order of Stampin’ Blends in time for my World Cardmaking event next weekend!  Local friends are invited to stop by, check them out, and give them a try!  

Please contact me with any questions you have about Stampin’ Blends or about joining.  I would love to welcome you to my team!

You can also click the “Join my Team” tab above for more info!   (And of course, feel free to use that same tab to join as well!)  🙂

Have a great day!


two great sales in October

Every Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! sends all of its Demonstrators Weekly Updates with any upcoming news, promotions, and any other important info they want us to know!  This week’s updates contained lots of VERY exciting information!

Do you love a good sale?  Then you’ll be happy to know that there are two (yes TWO) sales coming up in October!

The first sale coincides with World Cardmaking Day, which is on October 7th!  Get 15% off select stamp sets and notecards October 1st-10th, as well as an amazing bonus deal on Fast Fuse Adhesive!  See below for all the details:

The following items are 15% off October 1st-10th:

And here’s the bonus deal on the Fast Fuse Adhesive:

Yes, you read that right…Buy ONE, get TWO refills for FREE!  That is an amazing deal!

This sale only lasts a short time, so be sure to order by October 10th to avoid missing out on these great deals! 🙂


The second sale is a fantastic offer on Designer Series Paper…Buy 3, get 1 FREE!  This offer applies to select DSP, and includes some regular, some specialty, and even some 6 x 6 stacks!  Here is a list of all of the paper that is included in this offer:

This is a great time to stock up on your favorites!  The DSP sale runs October 1st-October 31st, so you have ALL MONTH to take advantage of this one!

Such great deals to be had in October!  Take a look at everything, get your wish list ready, then check back starting October 1st to shop!  🙂

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks for stopping by!



Sign up for my October Newsletter!

My October Newsletter will be going out sometime in the next few days!  After reading the Demonstrator Updates this morning, I can tell you that there are some AMAZING things happening in October!  (Stuff like TWO sales, a BRAND NEW product line, and lots more!)  This is definitely one you don’t want to miss! Please click HERE to sign up, or click on “Newsletter” above to sign up there!

Thank you!


please join me for world cardmaking day 2017!

World Cardmaking Day is October 7th!  I will be hosting a cardmaking event in Johnston, RI on that day, and I would LOVE for you to join me!  Please contact me for the address and directions, and I will get them to you ASAP. I also have some suggestions for those who may not be able to attend, or are out of state.  Please see below for all the details!

Local Event Details

For my local friends, I will be hosting an event on October 7th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Johnston, RI. This will be a very laid back, casual, drop in event! I will have ten different cards for you to choose from, and all cards will be $3 each. It will be an a la carte event: simply stop in, stay as long as you want, and make as many cards as you wish! There is no upfront fee…just pay for the cards you make, whether you make one or all ten! ALL supplies, including envelopes, are included, so no need to bring anything but yourselves! I will have a variety of cards available including everyday occasions, as well as some Holiday ones. (If you are planning to attend, and have any special requests, let me know, and I will see what I can put together for you!) There will also be refreshments, fun, and lots of laughs! Please RSVP by October 1st if you plan to attend so I know how many to plan for. And please feel free to invite friends!

Suggestions for Those Who Cannot Attend in Person

If you are too far away from RI, or are local, but are unable to attend on the 7th, here are a few options to consider if you would like to make some cards on your own:

Oh Happy Day Card Kit: 

Here’s a bright, fun, all occasion option for those who can’t make it on the 7th! The Oh Happy Day Card Kit makes 20 All Occasion cards, and includes everything you need to make them (except scissors and adhesive). It includes the stamps, ink, and a block for the stamps, so even if you are new to stamping, you are still good to go! Full color instructions are included. This kit sells for $35 in my online store. (That works out to only $1.75 per card!) For more details, or to order this kit, please click here.

Soft Sayings Card Kit:

Another kit option includes the Soft Sayings Card Kit. This kit also makes 20 All Occasion cards. With this kit, you get to make two each of ten different cards! Again, it includes everything you need (except scissors and adhesive). Full color instructions included. This kit also sells for $35, and can be found in my online store. Please click here to view all the details regarding this kit, or to order!

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit:

Want to get started on your Christmas cards instead? This kit makes 20 cards, 5 each of the 4 designs shown here. However, this kit does not include stamps. The Watercolor Christmas stamp set needs to be purchased separately in order to complete the cards as shown. The total for both is $38 (if you order the clear mount stamp set.) The stamp set is $18 and the kit is $20. Anyone who chooses this option and purchases this kit and stamp set, will receive a clear block and Basic Black mini ink pad from me separately! That way you will have everything you need (again, except adhesive and scissors) to complete these cards, without having to spend too much extra! For information on the Watercolor Christmas Project kit, please click here. For information on the coordinating stamp set, please click here.

I will also have these kits available at my local event on October 7th for anyone who wants to check them out!

A side note on kits: If you are considering ordering one of the kits shown above, why not invite a friend or two over, split the cost, and have your own mini event? Just an idea! 🙂

I hope you will all consider joining me, whether in person or on your own for World Cardmaking Day! I will post some reminders here and on my Facebook page as we get closer, as well as in my October newsletter, which will go out in a couple of weeks! (Please click on the “Newsletter” link above to sign up!)

In the meantime, if you have any questions or need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Here are the kits once more, as well as some additional suggested products to complete them:

Have you seen the new 2017 Holiday Catalog?

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is amazing!  It has so many beautiful new stamp sets, papers, embellishments and more.  There is definitely something for everyone in this catalog!  If you would like a copy, please contact me and I will be happy to get one out to you!  (One copy per customer please!) You can also view an online PDF of the catalog here.

Have questions?  Please contact me anytime!  If you would like to place an order, please click here.  I would love to be your demonstrator!