Fun With Tassels~Artisan Blog Hop


Hello friends, and welcome to another Artisan Design team blog hop! We are 20 designers from around the world who just love sharing ideas for some of the incredible things you can make using Stampin’ up! products. For this week, I am sharing an alternative idea for the adorable red tassels fro the Tin of Tags Project Kit.

Recently, I found this gorgeous, fluffy pom pom wreath at the fabric store and I immediately knew it needed to be decked out in Stampin’ Up! I got out my Large Letter and Banners Dies, some red glimmer paper, the new Fancy Frost Specialty paper, and the red tassels and got to work. In no time at all, I had a fun banner to decorate the wreath with.

The final result makes me ready for Christmas to hurry up and get here!


If you celebrate Christmas, have you started making things yet? If so, leave me a comment. I would love to hear about what you have been making!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Just before me on the hop was my friend Marisa and now it’s time to go see what my friend Rachel in France has created for us.

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Celebrating Fall With Paisleys and Posies~ Artisan Blog Hop


Hello friends and welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!

Fall is on full, glorious display here in Oregon and I wanted to create a card to celebrate, so I turned to the absolutely gorgeous new Paisleys and Posies stamp set. After I embossed the leaved in copper along the edge, I used my aqua painter and ink squished into the lids of my stamp pads to add fall color. The copper catches the light beautifully and the warm fall colors celebrate the season perfectly.


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this hop around the globe with our team. Now it’s time to go visit my talented friend Rachel in France and see what she has created for us. I can’t wait!

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Thoughtful Banners~ Artisan Blog Hop


Hello, friends, and welcome to another Stampin’ up! Artisan Design Team blog hop! Whether you just came from my dear friend Marisa, or this is your fist stop, I hope you will be sure to visit all 20 designers for lots of crafty inspiration!


This week, we had the fun of working with the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and the Duet Banner Punch, which come together as a money saving bundle. In addition to the Thoughtful banners bundle, we also had the fun of working with the luscious Moroccan Suite. The rich colors and coordinating washi tape are just gorgeous.


The Thoughtful Banners stamp set is amazing. You get 46 choices of sentiments in two different fonts, along with four different banners and a shaded stripe. Such a great combination to add to you collection and give you endless possibilities!


For this project, I was rushed and stressed because my oldest son, who has been very ill since August 1st, was in the hospital. So, being in a hurry and a creative fog, I turned to an old favorite of mine, the envelope punch board box. I learned how to make these quick and easy boxes from my wonderful friend, and fellow demonstrator, Jessica Walker. For easy instructions on how to make these fun little boxes yourself, click here.


Thanks for stopping by today! I love sharing ideas with you, so if you are not already a follower, I hope you will click the follow box at the top of the left hand column so you don’t miss a thing! Also, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Hearing from you always makes my day!

Now it’s time to hop on over and see what my talented friend Rachel has created. You are guaranteed to be amazed!

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Thoughtful Gifts~ Artisan Blog Hop

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Hello friends and welcome to a very special Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!

This week we have the pleasure of featuring the amazing, limited time bundle by Stampin’ Up! called Thoughtful Branches. This bundle can easily take you through the seasons with so many beautiful images, meaningful sentiments, and lovely dies. Trust me, you need this set!

For my first project today, I created a teacher gift box and tag with the adorable apple tree and cute little apples included in the bundle. September is just around the corner and now I’m ready!

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For the clear box, I used a window sheet and a clear tiny treat box for my pattern, adjusting the height to make it tall enough to hold pencils. For the leaves on the tree, I used the polka dot envelope paper. This little tree, with it’s branches peeking through, is the perfect way to show appreciation and send some happiness to someone special.

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The amazing thing about this bundle is it’s versatility. You will literally be able to use it year round.

So, let’s keep moving along the seasons, shall we?

After I was finished with my teacher gift, I decided to think about creating something for my all time favorite season, fall.

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The rich colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper and washi tape were just what I needed to created a fall themed greeting card and matching gift bag with the thoughtful Branches Bundle.

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Die cuts made with washi tape have become one of my favorite new things. I had left over washi tape from my Tin of Cards class, so I used some on the middle leaf. The others were made with patterns from the Moroccan washi tape collection.

I needed just a bit of the Dapper Denim, so I cut the edges off of my ribbon. I love the delicate texture it adds. The leaves on the bag were stamped in Versamark.

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You will definitely want to get the limited time Thoughtful Branches bundle before it’s gone! (If you earned any coupons during the July Bonus Days promotions, the Thoughtful branches Bundle is a great choice to use it on!) But whatever you do, don’t let it slip away!

Now it’s time to go visit the lovely and talented Rachel, and be sure to hop though all 20 blogs for inspiration on how you might use this unbelievable bundle!

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Copper and White~ Artisan Blog Hop

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Hello friends, and welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!

Have you had a chance to see the new Affectionatley Yours product suite by Stampin’ Up!? It’s on pages 44 and 45 in the new catalog, and it is so pretty!

For this project, I created a piece of wall art with the Floral Affection embossing folder, the Love and Affection stamp set and copper embossing powder. I just love how the copper catches the light.

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The stamp set matches the embossing folder perfectly, so you can stamp you embossed flowers, and the little sprigs of leaves add the perfect touch. I kept this piece very clean and simple by using only shimmery white cardstock and copper.

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As always, Stampin’ Up! suites are so much fun to create with. What is your favorite product in the new Floral Affection suite by Stampin’ Up!? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Now it’s time to go see what my talented friend Rachel has created for us. Click on the button below, and be sure to check out all 20 Artisan blogs for lots of beautiful project ideas with the Affectionately Yours suite.

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Full of Love and Affection- Artisan Blog Hop

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Hello friends and welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!

For today’s project we had the fun of creating with the new Affectionately Yours product suite by Stampin’ Up! This suite includes rich colors, beautiful stamps, coordinating washi tape and the beautiful new copper embossing powder. Be still my heart!

Stampin’ Up! embossing powder is a dream to work with. I used it to change gold foil doilies to copper. Simply press the doily, foil side down, into your versa mark pad. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set.  I love the way is gleams.

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Another fun discovery I had while playing with this beautiful suite was that washi tape is perfect for decorating those little golf pencils. So easy and so cute: I doubt I will ever use a plain pencil again!

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I decorated a little notepad and used the fabulous new Cucumber Crush Thick Baker’s Twine to attach one of the washi tape pencils.

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The paper in this suite is so very pretty. I fussy cut one of the little flower clusters, stamped a few sprigs in the copper embossing powder and added some washi tape and thick baker’s twine for a clean and simple card.

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School isn’t out here for a few more weeks, so I envisioned this little set as the perfect thank you gift for a very special teacher. The little container in the middle perfectly holds Hershey’s Nuggets, one in each side.

This set would also make a lovely hostess gift.

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So, what do you think? Are you completely smitten with the new Affectionately Yours Suite by Stampin’ Up!? Do you feel inspired to create some gorgeous projects of your own? Leave a comment and let me know- hearing from you always makes my day!

Now it’s time to go visit the lovely and talented Rachel in France. It’s always so much fun to see what she has created!

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Another Card With Birthday Blooms

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Hi, friends! How are you today?

Here is another card I created using the beautiful Birthday Blooms stamp set. I’m having so much fun with that set!

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I used Watermelon Wonder envelope paper behind embossed vellum for the circle and watercolored the flower with my ink pads and aqua painter. The ink colors are Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush. With watercoloring, the more water you use the more pastel the colors become.

After it was dry, I fussy cut the flower. If you hate fussy cutting, perhaps you’ve never tried Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips. They are the BEST and make fussy cutting so much easier.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back on Thursday for the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. Until then…

Happy stampin’ friends!


Wonderland & Some BIG News


Hello, friends! How are you today?

Here is another fun card I created with the Wonderland stamp set. Can you tell I’m in love with this set?

I stamped the trees on the back of the vellum and used the “All is calm” stamp in versamark on the kraft cardstock to create a subtle background.

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I just love the script used on Silent Night- so pretty!

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I had so much fun making this card.

And speaking of fun, Saturday I drove to Vancouver with a team member to attend the first ever OnStage local event, which was fabulous! We received lots of free goodies, created four make and takes and heard some awesome fellow demonstrators present ideas on how to grow our business and be our best. It was wonderful, and I will share all about it in a future post.



I just have to tell you my big news!

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Say what?!?

My dream came true on Saturday when they announced the new, 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team at Onstage, and MY NAME WAS ON THE LIST!

I can not tell you how amazed, honored and down right giddy I am. I received a gorgeous box with a Tiffany bracelet and my own Artisan Design team stamp.

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I’ve only seen a blue Tiffany’s box in the movies- I could not believe it was actually mine!

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Here is the beautiful bracelet:

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I can’t wait to create with such an amazing team- I’m still walking on cloud nine! Our monthly blog hop will begin in December, and I hope you will join me on this adventure- YOU are why I do this!

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