Color Fusers Blog Hop for May 2019

Hello, and welcome to our May Color Fuser’s blog hop! This month’s color combo is so pretty: Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy, and Grapefruit Grove!

It just so happens that today is my birthday, so I decided to go with a fun, balloon themed birthday card for this month’s hop! I used Night of Navy ink and an Aqua Painter to make a watercolor wash on the top layer, and then used the Aqua Painter to add some ink spatters as well. Next, I cut two balloons (one Grapefruit Grove and the other Pear Pizzazz) using the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and used the Well Said Bundle to create the Happy Birthday sentiment. The “HAPPY” is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and the “birthday” is cut with the coordinating cutting dies. I finished the card with some baker’s twine and Gingham Gala Sequins, stamped a simple sentiment on the inside, and my card was complete!

If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll notice that the dot on the I in “birthday” is a rhinestone. The birthday die cuts a very small dot for the I, however, it is SO tiny, I couldn’t find it anywhere! So I took out my rhinestones and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, and colored one of the small rhinestones to dot my I with instead. I love the little bit of extra detail the colored rhinestone adds to this card!

Speaking of added detail, I used the Subtle Embossing Folder to give some texture to the balloons; the Stitched Rectangle Framelits on the top layer to add some detail around the edge; and Stampin’ Dimensionals on the balloons to make them pop off the card a bit. It’s easy to add fun, extra details when you have such great products to work with!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White cardstock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Night of Navy cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White cardstock top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Night of Navy die cut sentiment piece: 1-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches

Grapefruit Grove balloon: 1-1/2 x 1-5/16 inches

Pear Pizzazz balloon: 1 x 1-3/8 inches

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you will continue to the next stop on our hop: Barb Mullikin’s page! I’m sure she’s got something gorgeous to share! ๐Ÿ™‚


Here is the full hop line up for May:

Tami Hewlett

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Kelly Acheson

Nicolle Belesimo < YOU ARE HERE

Barb Mullikin

Now Available: The Everything is Rosy Product Medley!

It’s May 1st! And that means the NEW Everything is Rosy Product Medley is officially available for purchase! So what exactly is a “product medley”? It’s basically a mega-bundle of products including stamps, dies, embellishments, ribbon, Designer Series Paper, and more, that all perfectly coordinates for endless crafting possibilities! (And all of it can be ordered using just ONE item number!)

Take a look at what’s included in this gorgeous new product offering:

The medley includes:

~Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set (18 stamps – see full set below)
~Everything Is Rosy Dies (10 dies)
~6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets)
~6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper (8 sheets)
~Printed die cuts (2 sheets)
~Rose gold die cuts (4 sheets)
~Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments (60)
~Melon Mambo 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon (10 yards)
~Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (10 yards
~Rose Gold Shimmer Paint (1/2 oz.)

The Everything is Rosy Stamp Set

Take a look at these stunning samples created by the concept artists at Stampin’ Up! (Please note that this product does NOT contain pre-designed projects….YOU decide what you want to make with it!)

I just love the gorgeous colors and designs in this medley! So, how can you get yours? Click HERE to visit the online store and enter item #150059! This product retails for $80 (before tax and shipping).

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so please order soon to avoid disappointment.

Please contact me with questions! Thanks so much for stopping by!


It’s Almost New Catalog Time! Plus, Great deals are available in the Clearance Rack!

It’s almost May, and that means that the NEW Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for 2019-2020 is right around the corner! The current catalog retires on June 3rd, and the NEW catalog goes live June 4th. I have seen the catalog, and there are so many amazing new products…you are going to LOVE it!

Demonstrators are able to order beginning May 2nd, which is when I will be ordering catalogs for my customers. Anyone who has placed an order of any size (no minimum) in the past year will receive a complimentary copy sometime around mid-May!

One of the things I look forward to the most in any new Annual Catalog are the new In Colors. Here’s a peek at the new colors for 2019-2021:

Aren’t they gorgeous? I Just love these colors, and can’t wait to start playing with them!

Also, just a quick reminder that the online Clearance rack was restocked recently! There are some great deals available, with some products marked down as much as 60%! All Clearance Rack items are available only while supplies last, so once they are gone, they are gone for good. Take a peek at what’s available HERE.

New projects are in the works! Please stop by again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


Ready to Get Back to Work! Plus check out my new craft room!

It has been about a month since my last post. I feel so out of the loop. But I have had so much going on, between illness (both my family and myself), finishing my new house, packing, moving, OnStage, work, and just everyday life stuff…I needed to take a little break. But things have calmed down, everyone is (almost) 100% back to health, and I am ready to get back to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post, I thought I would share pictures of my new craft room. This space was four years in the making, and I am so happy to finally be able to use it! For the last four years, my family and I have been living in an in law apartment on our property while our house was being built (LONG story. I won’t bore you with the details of why it took so long!). But we are finally in the new house, and I have spent the last week getting this room all set up and ready to go. It’s about 98% done…just waiting for a wall sconce and one more piece of furniture, but it’s close enough that I can finally share!

So just a little background before I show pics of the finished room. Since we were in a small apartment, we didn’t have a lot of space. I worked out of a cabinet behind my dining room table, as there was no room for me to have a work space of my own. This is what my craft cabinet looked like:

Although I kept it as organized as possible, it was tough. Every shelf was jam packed, at least two rows deep, and every time I wanted to make something, I had to pull out a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, just to get at what I DID need. And since I worked at my dining room table, and my family had to sit there three times per day to eat, I needed to put everything back every time I worked on something. I’m not going to lie, trying to build a business while working like that was difficult!

When we started building the house, and I decided to put my craft room above the garage, I was excited, but a little overwhelmed. The room is 24 x 27 feet in size, so I had a lot of space to work with. I ended up adding cabinets from Home Depot in an L shape along both sides, and added two kitchen islands from IKEA in the middle to make one long craft table. I also purchased a number of pieces from Stamp-n-Storage to store my supplies. Now everything has it’s own place, and it’s organized and accessible. I absolutely love it!

So let’s take a peek at the different parts of the room:

Supply Area

Business Center

Sitting Area

Work Area

Event/Class Space (still a work in progress)

I really love how this room came out, and I can’t wait to start holding classes and doing in person events in my own home! Although I have been stamping for 15+ years, I have never had a dedicated craft space of my own until now. It even has it’s own entrance, which will be convenient when I start classes and clubs this summer. If you are local to Connecticut, I would love to have you join me! ๐Ÿ™‚

I will be back soon with new projects, as well as info about the new catalog, new products, and more! There’s a lot of info to get caught up on and share!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day!


Sale-a-Bration 2019 Final Days!

Sunday, March 31st is the FINAL day of this year’s Sale-a-Bration! This week is your last chance to earn FREE items and extra rewards on qualifying orders!

Sunday is also the last day to join Stampin’ Up! and get $50 extra in product and/or the super cute (and useful) Craft and Carry tote shown below!

Get $175 in product for only $99 (plus tax) OR get $175 in product and the exclusive Craft and Carry Tote for only $129 (plus tax)! There are so many perks of joining, and there is absolutely NO risk or obligation!

To shop the online store, please click HERE.

To read more about joining Stampin’ Up!, please click HERE.

Please let me know if there is anything you need or if you have questions. I will be in touch again soon!


Need to take a little break…

I have not been able to post much over the last few weeks. This is due to a combination of my laptop being out of service for almost two weeks, as well as getting ready to move to a new house. My husband and I have been building a house for almost four years (it’s a really LONG story why it took so long!), and we are really, really close to finally being done! Because of this, I have been very occupied with all the final details that need to get taken care of so we can move in. It looks like we will be able to be move in sometime within the next couple of weeks! However, because of this, I have to spend most of my free time for the next few weeks packing up our current house, moving everything, and then unpacking and getting settled in the new one. Add to this my kids, my day job, and just everyday life, and something has to give. So I have decided to put my Stampin’ Up! business on hold for a bit. I hate to do it, but I’m thinking it will probably only be about a month or so. I will try to check in every once in awhile just to keep my blog and Facebook page active, but I will not be creating anything new for awhile. The date I expect to be fully back is APRIL 22nd. Until then, I wish you all well, and hope you’ll check back in then!

Before I end this post, here’s a pic of my new craft room. The next time I post a picture of it, I expect to have it all set up, with everything moved in, and ready to get back to business (literally)!

In the meantime, I will still be available to answer questions and place orders! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for visiting and for your understanding! I’ll be back soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


Color Fusers Blog Hop for March 2019

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for March! Today we are featuring projects made with the following colors: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Smoky Slate!

I used three different stamp sets on this card: Love What You Do, Touches of Texture, and Kindness & Compassion. I also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Whisper White 1/8 inch Sheer Ribbon, and Pearl Basic Jewels.

The steps to create this card are as follows:

  1. Cut the card base from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and fold in half.
  2. Cut the middle layer from Smoky Slate cardstock.
  3. Cut the top layer from Whisper White on the Big Shot using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
  4. Ink up the watercolor image stamp from Love What You Do with Highland Heather ink and stamp off the ink one time. Then stamp onto the Whisper White piece.
  5. Stamp the floral image from Touches of Texture in Smoky Slate ink.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Kindness & Compassion in Smoky Slate ink.
  7. Watercolor the flowers with Gorgeous Grape ink using an Aqua Painter. Set aside to dry.
  8. Stamp the floral images from Love What You Do in the corners of the card base in Gorgeous Grape ink.
  9. When dry, adhere the Whisper White top layer to the Smoky Slate middle layer with Snail Adhesive. Then apply to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  10. Make a small bow from the 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon and adhere with a glue dot.
  11. Color some small pearls from the Pearls Basics Jewels with a Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker and apply to the card.
  12. Stamp your envelope to match (if desired).

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Smoky Slate cardstock middle layer: 3-1/2 x 4-7/8 inches

Whisper White top layer: 3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have enjoyed my project for this month! Please be sure to visit the next stop on our hop, which is Melanie Hockin’s page!

Have a great day!


Full blog line up:

Kelly Acheson

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tami Hewlett

Nicolle Belesimo – You Are Here

Melanie Hockin

Bonnie O’Neill

Barb Mullikin

Paola Phillips

Simple Stamping Sunday: Happy Tails

My laptop is still being fixed so itโ€™s been a very limited week for posting, but I didnโ€™t want to miss Simple Stamping Sunday! My card this week features the very cute Happy Tails stamp set. This set is perfect for anyone who loves dogs. It coordinates with the new Dog Builder Punch, and right now, both can be bundled for a savings of 10%!

For todayโ€™s card, I used a Whisper White notecard base and stamped the dog in black and white. I added the sentiment and heart in Real Red, as I love the combo of black, white, and red together. And thatโ€™s it! This card was so easy to make and is super cute!

I also made a stepped up version of this card that I will share sometime this week. Please check back soon! Thanks for visiting today!



Simple Stamping Sunday: Dear Doily

My laptop is in the shop for a bit and I have to post from my phone. So not sure how good this is going to work out, but here goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

My card today was made with the Dear Doily stamp set. I used a Very Vanilla notecard as the base and used Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, and Balmy Blue as my colors!

To stamp the background, I stamped off some of the ink twice before stamping the card. I wanted the doilies to be very faint. I then inked up my flower with Pear Pizzazz for the stem and Balmy Blue for the flowers. I went over the stem with my Pear Pizzazz marker to extend the color into the flowers. Last, I stamped the sentiments and the card was finished!

Remember, a Simple Stamping card uses only a single layer card base, one stamp set, and ink! But even with only those few basic supplies, you can still make beautiful cards!


Thanks for checking in today!


My Kids’ Valentine Craft Project

This past Saturday, I did a kids’ class at our local library. I had nine kids come with a parent, and the kids ranged in age from 7-11. We made a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft, which included a card, small box of Hershey Kisses, and a small gift bag (not shown). It was so much fun!

Most of the supplies used in the class are current Stampin’ Up! products. I did use two retired products, but given the project, I thought they would be best to use. They are the Heart Punch used on the front of the card, and the Bow Builder Punch, which we used to make the little bow on top of the box. Otherwise, everything is current product!

The cards were made using the Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes. The kids were allowed to choose which background papers they wanted to use from the All My Love Designer Series Paper. They could also choose which colors they wished to use for the sentiments and hearts. I also brought a bunch of rhinestones and pearls for them to embellish as they wished!

The Tiny Treat Boxes were decorated by wrapping a 1 x 9 inch piece of DSP around the box and securing it on the bottom with a piece of tape. Each box holds 15 Hershey Kisses. The kids could mix and match the papers for the wrapper and bow, as well as the ink color for the tag. Some did everything in the same design, while others used as many different papers as they could. The best part though was that they all looked great because everything coordinated!

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Pre-cut notecard base: 3-1/2 x 5 inches

DSP background layer: 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches

DSP strip behind sentiment: 3-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches

Whisper White Sentiment piece: 3 x 4 inch piece (use to cut both the 2 inch circle for the card, as well as the 1-1/8 inch scallop circle for the box tag)

Flirty Flamingo/Lovely Lipstick cardstock piece for heart: 2 x 3 inches

The kids had a great time, and so did I! I work with kids in my day job, and I love working with them! I am hoping to do another class with them for Easter. If I do, I will be sure to post that project as well!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great day!