Archive for January, 2012

In lieu of a project idea today, I am going to tell you a story about how my love of stamping may have crossed the line into obsession this weekend.

Since I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in 2010, my stamping space has consisted of a bookshelf and a desk in the corner of my guest room. And it is not a large desk, by the time I put my caddy for my ink pads, my Big Shot, and my paper cutter on top there is barely any room to stamp.  I frequently get frustrated with my lack of space to spread out, and when I am doing a big project or preparing materials for a class or a workshop I lug everything downstairs to our dining room table which is a nice big, luxurious workspace.  Then when I am done I have to haul everything back upstairs (confession:  sometimes it sits on the dining room table for three or four days until I get around to moving it…).  The point is, I am spending valuable time that could be used to MAKE something just hauling stuff up and down the stairs.

If only I had a bigger desk upstairs…but there is no room!  We have a 4 bedroom house.  One for me and my husband, one for my daughter, one for my son, and the guest room/craft storage room.  Once upon a time when we just had one child, the 3rd bedroom was my office.  I was a structural engineer and I worked from home so I had a big table to spread drawings out on.  It was great.  But then we had our son in 2009 (and I very happily turned my office into a blue and brown little boy’s room).  So for work space, that leaves the corner of the guest room. Or buying a bigger house…but let’s not get TOO crazy!

I got an idea one day that if I moved the bed to the other side of the room then I could have the whole WALL where the bed used to be instead of just the corner, and I could build a desk about 12 feet long.  Surely that would be enough!

I brought it up to my husband.

He loved the idea (I suspect he is tired of seeing stamps on the dining room table for days at a time) and offered to help me move furniture RIGHT THEN.  I was thinking more like next weekend, but okay…

So we moved three bookshelves’ worth of books, relocated the bookshelves, took the mattress and boxspring off and turned the bed around (oh, and sorted through the stuff that we’ve been storing UNDER the bed, which involved some giggles at the box full of elementary school papers my mother-in-law sent to my husband a few years ago…who knew he wanted to be a “veterinaryan” when he grew up?  He got offended and wanted to know where MY elementary school papers were…)

Finally the bed was on the other side of the room, and we had cleared space for a nice big desk.  We sat there on the floor and looked around.  Gosh, that queen size big is big.  It really takes up a lot of room.  It is only used about four times a year.  If only that bed were not there, we’d have room for a CRAFT ROOM/PLAYROOM.  It would solve the problem of providing both a craft place for me and a place to store the 47 Thomas the Train items my son recently acquired…and the kids could PLAY while I CRAFT in the same room!  And also our family room would not look like Toys R Us exploded in there.  And surely our parents wouldn’t mind sleeping in our daughter’s room when they visit.  LET’S DO IT!

Before I knew it, the guest bed was dismantled and listed on Craigslist.  We moved the bookshelves back and anchored them to the wall so they wont fall over when my son tries to climb up them.  The bottom shelves will be great for toy storage.  Next on the to-do-list is building a huge L-shaped desk that will wrap around the corner of the room opposite the door.  I’m going to have drawer storage underneath and will mount rails on the wall above it to store all my punches.  I will have more surface area than our dining room table – I can’t wait!  I will make sure to document before/during/after with photos and post here as the project progresses.

Do you have a great craft space at your house?  Send me a photo and I will post it here!  Also if you have any genius ideas for cardstock storage I would love to hear them…


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How many Sale-a-Bration goodies can you pack onto one card?  This is another that my upline Beth Crocker put together for her stamp club this week.  The great part is that it is really beautiful, but is still a nice simple card that will not take too long to put together.

I count the following Sale-a-Bration items in use here:

  • Fresh Vintage stamp set
  • Elementary Elegance stamp set
  • Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack


  • Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage, Elementary Elegance
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad pack

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Last night I went to my friend Beth’s house to stamp and look what she had for us to play with!  This is one of Stampin’ Up!’s fantastic laser cut cards.  They come in a set of 8 (envelopes included!) for just $9.95.  So with the fancy work already done for us this became a very fast and easy (but still WOW!) card.

We just cut out a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the new Hearts Framelits and adhered it behind the laser cut heart to show off the intricate design.  Then pop on a designer button threaded with baker’s twine, one little spray of Smooch Spritz  and you’re done!  By the way, Smooch Spritz is incredibly fun!  I had never used it before last night but now I MUST have my own!  It gives a nice spray of color that includes some shimmer as well, it is prettier in person than I could get my camera to show you.

One tip I will give you (learn from my mistake) – you might want to smooch before you embellish…because I put my button on first and now my card has a little line where the baker’s twine was shielding the cardstock from the spray.  My friend Caren called it a “tan line”, ha ha.  My poor card is probably embarrassed that I am exposing it to the world like this.  🙂


  • Stamp Set:  P.S. I Love You (Occasions Mini Catalog)
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
  • Cardstock:  Designer Cuts Cards & Envelopes Set (Occasions Mini Catalog), Cherry Cobbler
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Hearts Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Twitterpated Designer Buttons (Occasions Mini Catalog), Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz (Occasions Mini Catalog), Glue Dots (to adhere button)

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As Valentine’s Day approaches I am trying to stockpile Valentines early so that I have enough for everyone I need to send one to without a last-minute rush (because now that both my kids are in preschool we have an extra 26 people to make Valentines for!)

Here’s one I made using the new Framelits in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  For some reason I am on a big pink and brown kick for the last week or so (last year I really overdid it on Pretty in Pink plus Real Red for Valentines, so this year I am trying to branch out a little more…).  I guess I had gotten my Blushing Bride cardstock out to use on another project because it coordinates with the new Twitterpated DSP, and I just keep using it for more Valentines instead of putting it away!  🙂

Check out how I used the framelits to make a little window in the front of the card so you can see through to the heart that is placed on the inside of the card.  I used three of the six different framelits for this card – one for the window, one for the brown heart inside, and the smallest for the little heart that is hanging on to the front of the card by the window.  Here’s how it looks closed all the way:

Also notice how I sponged the embossing on the front of the card and the edge of the heart-shaped window – so quick to do when I already had my Chocolate Chip ink out, and that extra touch really helps highlight the raised pattern around the edge.


  • Stamp Set:  Take It To Heart (Occasions Mini)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Hearts Framelits and Framed Tulips embossing folder, sponge daubers.


Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration is going on now through March 31!  Three ways to take advantage:

  1. Buy stamps!  You get a free Sale-a-Bration product with each $50 you spend – no limit on the freebies.  You can order online 24/7.
  2. Host a workshop – if you’d like to have a fun and inexpensive girls’ night out with your friends AND earn some free goodies while you’re at it, contact me to schedule your own workshop!  Hostesses get special Sale-a-Bration gifts on top of the regular hostess rewards.
  3. Join – if you’re interested in getting $340+ worth of Stampin Up products for just $125 (and free shipping!), plus free DSP each month all year, plus a 20%+ discount on any future orders, talk to me about buying the Starter Kit!

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It’s here!  Two months of glorious free stamps, free paper, even free ribbons, brads, fabric, buttons, embossing folders, decor elements, and My Digital Studio content!

Check it all out in the Sale-a-Bration catalog:

Sale-a-Bration is a GREAT time for:

  • Getting extra goodies with your purchase – each $50 purchase earns you one free item from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog, with no limit.  Spend $100, get two items.  Spend $150, get three items!  You can shop online anytime.
  • Hosting a workshop – Get extra Sale-a-Bration goodies on top of the usual hostess benefits.  Also, because of the free item with $50 purchase, workshop totals tend to be higher during Sale-a-Bration than any other time, earning you more dollars to spend on items of your choice from the regular catalog.  Learn more about hosting a workshop.
  • Joining the Stampin’ Up! family – Ever thought of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator yourself?  Whether you just want the 20% discount for your own purchases, or whether you want to do workshops and earn income sharing stamping with others, now is a GREAT time to sign up!  The Starter Kit is on sale ($340+ in product for just $125!) AND you will receive a free pack of Designer Series Paper each month through the end of the year (a $120+ value!)  You can read more about becoming a demonstrator here and even sign up online – I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have and I’ll be here to provide support after you join, too.

I hope you’ll take advantage of some of these great deals during Sale-a-Bration!  Keep checking back for some fun project ideas using all those great free products!!

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Here is the third Valentine we made at my class last Saturday – a clean and simple card that is super fast to put together when you use the new Hearts Framelits from the Occasions Mini Catalog!  With six different hearts in the set of Framelits, you can find the perfect size to frame whichever sentiment stamp you have on hand!  I just paired up a nice simple pattern from the new Twitterpated DSP with the sentiment.

For a little added interest at the bottom of the card, I used one of the fun Adorning Accents embossing folders from the Occasions Mini.  For about the same price as one of the larger embossing folders, you get a set of three smaller ones!  Two of them coordinate with the new Adorning Accents Edgelits and then there is a bonus embossing folder with a little heart pattern just perfect for Valentines.


  • Stamp Set:  Whimsical Words
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Hearts Framelits and Adorning Accents embossing folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

SALE-A-BRATION STARTS TOMORROW…get ready to earn some free Stampin’ Up products!  I’ll have the entire Sale-a-Bration catalog up first thing in the morning!

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Are you ready for Sale-a-Bration??  It starts on Tuesday!  Here is a sneak peek at some of the great Sale-a-Bration products you can get for free with your qualifying purchase!  Check back on Tuesday for a link to the whole SAB catalog!

This is the second of three cards we made in my Valentine class on Saturday morning.  It features three of the twelve different patterns in the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper set.  You can even get a stamp set and embellishments (like that cute Poppy Parade designer brad) that coordinate perfectly with the Everyday Enchantment colors.


  • Stamp Set:  You’re Cherished, Fresh Vintage (SAB)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pool Party
  • Cardstock:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Finial Press embossing folder, Full Heart Punch, Sponge Daubers, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack (SAB), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Be on the lookout for more information about Sale-a-Bration, including all the benefits of hosting a workshop during this time (extra free hostess goodies!!)

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