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!


An overview of adhesives

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different adhesives for papercrafting? They all function to stick stuff together, right? But not all adhesives are meant to be used the same way! Here’s a reference chart for each adhesive Stampin’ Up! sells, with a quick description of what each one is and tips for using it! Of course, we all have our favorites!  Some of mine are shown below. What are yours?


This is my all time favorite adhesive! I use it for as much as I possibly can. It holds great, is easy to use, doesn’t make a huge mess, and the roller is super convenient to use and transport. And when it runs out, just pop in a refill and continue working! So convenient!


These are my go to for tiny pieces of cardstock, paper, or embellishments that are too small to for Snail Adhesive. Again, not messy, easy to use, and convenient!


This product is brand new to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, and I LOVE it! These sheets make adhering die cuts SO easy! Simply add this to the back of a piece of cardstock or paper before you run it through the Big Shot. When you are ready to apply your die cut to your project, just peel off the backing and stick! This product basically works to make any die cut into a sticker, and the best part is that it covers the WHOLE back of it with a super sticky adhesive that holds great!


I am not going to lie, I am NOT a fan of glue! It’s just not my thing, and I try to avoid using it as much as I can, especially since I always make a huge mess with it! However, sometimes glue really is the best thing to use, and I have to go with it! When I DO use glue, this is the one I tend to reach for. It does have a lot of uses, and is definitely good to have on hand for when only glue will do!

Not sure which adhesive is best for your project? Feel free to contact me and we’ll chat!

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!