Saturday, April 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop--In Color Farewell

It's hard to believe that a new Stampin' Up! Catalog is just a couple months away...which means new In Colors coming! YAY! It also means old In Colors are leaving us--BOO!  I decided to use our soon-to-be-retiring 2015-2017 In Colors on my card today. I think my favorite is Mint Macaron followed by Delightful Dijon. Which ones were your favorites?

I got my card idea from a very talented demonstrator, Jackie Bolhuis. I loved how she used the bar stamp from Thoughtful Banners to make a simple pattern and then added the words in Basic Black for contrast.  My basic card uses just the '15-'17 In Colors (I decorated the envelope as well) and one of the many versitile phrases in this stamp set.  The stepped-up version added Basic Black metallic thread and black sequin hearts from the Metallics sequin assortment.

My stamping has been very, very limited of late. There are 5 weeks until my youngest child gets married! Life seems to be on fast forward, so please forgive me if I am MIA for the next few months--lots to do! I promise I will post pictures of the wedding!!
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop--Enjoy Your Day!

Hey everyone! Sorry about the delay. I did a super-simple card using the Badges & Banners stamp set and the Best Badge punch. You can whip a bunch of these out in an hour and even do them in different color combos.
The stepped-up card just added some Neutrals & Sending Love DSP along with the Metallics Sequin assortment (little clear stars).
Shhhhh, don't tell Julie W., this is her birthday card, her birthday is this weekend!! ;)
We're in the middle of wedding plans here, just 3 more months! We're all getting excited!  I'll try to keep up, but be patient with me!  Thanks for your support!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop--Love Sparkles

Well, we've had a very eventful holiday season!  First of all, our youngest child got engaged! We are so excited her and her fiancĂ© and are looking forward to a beautiful spring wedding! Immediately after, both my husband and I got sick and that lingered for weeks (yuck!) It's really hard to get anything done during the holidays when you are sick...that being said, neither my Christmas tree nor the house got decorated until the middle of December. Our oldest child moved out into an apartment and a week later the youngest child moved back home (until the wedding!) We were empty nesters for about 1 week (hooray!!) Our youngest turned 21 and then it was Christmas and now it's New Years. That's a lot to happen in one month!

Now we get to look forward to the amazing new Occasions catalog as well as Sale-a-bration! Demonstrators have already been flooding Pinterest with many beautiful creations from these new catalogs and there were some new sets that at first didn't tickle my fancy, seeing the projects the other demonstrators have come up with have changed my mind. I will be posting the catalogs on January 4th so check back to see what Stampin' Up! has come up with!

I spent a bit of time stamping this week and was excited to get out my new product. Falling Petals Embossing folder is a lovely touch, one way it looks like hearts and the other way it looks like petals. Love Sparkles stamp set looks beautiful with our embossing powders and is perfect for many different occasions. On the stepped up version, I added some silver Glimmer paper and Rhinestones to the image stamped and embossed on paper from our new Sending Love DSP pack.

I think you will love the new catalogs and I hope you can get a little bit of inspiration from the bloggers today!
I'm looking forward to 2017! I wish you all the best in the coming year!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Gift Cards Galore

We are knee deep in the holiday season and Christmas is my very favorite of all holidays!  I love to serve, love, and share with my family and friends during the holidays. The reason for the season is the Savior, Jesus Christ and He has shown us how to love and serve others. We have opportunities every day to do things for others to bring happiness and joy, but during the Christmas season it becomes more of a focus.  This December we are trying to make Christmas more meaningful by doing service each day. You can join in by going to to find many wonderful ideas for service that you can do. #LIGHTtheWORLD 

A gift card is always an easy gift for a friend or even a stranger, but if it's given in something that's handmade, it makes it more than just a "last minute" gift.
Take a small Kraft Tag a Bag gift bag and fold it in half. That leaves two small pockets-one for a note and one for a gift card (or two different gift cards)! Add some details like a ribbon or baker's twine to hold it together.
Our Envelope Punch Board makes a perfect size pocket for a gift card. Use one of our Designer Series Paper or Stacks and punch out a bunch of these and keep them on never know when you might need one!
This idea came from my upline Jill Olsen's get together! Using some fun coordinating papers ties everything together and makes even the smallest gift card seem more thoughtful.
From simple to extravagant, these gift card pockets will make your gift card giving cheerier!!
Hand one of these to your server at lunch, your hair stylist, or your kid's teacher and see how they react!

Please stop by and say hi to my blogging friends, a kind word is always meaningful.
Enjoy your holiday celebrations! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Candy Cane Lane

It's here! The holiday season! I love to spend time with family and Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorites. While it's been abnormally warm here for fall, the leaves are changing and there is a crispness in the air--sweater weather is here.

I had a fun time in St. George at my second upline Jill Olsen's stampin' get together. We made some fun projects and had some great mini classes. It's always a fun time at Jill's!

Just a few of the many projects that were displayed at Jill's get together.

Since life has been a bit crazy, I didn't do a stepped up or stepped over project but this project is so simple, it only takes a few minutes to do several of these cute boxes.

I used Candy Cane Lane Designer series paper for this project, but any DSP will work. Our perfect little Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are the right size for many little goodies or a small gift. 

I took a sheet of the DSP and cut a 2" x 8"strip and scored it every 2". Place the strip in the box and add your goodies and DONE! I love walking the aisles of Target looking for little things to put in these cute little boxes--there's lots! Chocolate is always a good choice.
I finished it off with a tag using the tag punch with a couple of stamps from Oh What Fun photopolymer set. I embossed the sentiment and added some tiny dots of white craft ink on the berries with my stylus (thanks Jeanna!!). I also love the Candy Cane Lane baker's twine, adding a little shimmer to the package.  Since each sheet of this DSP is 12" x 12", you can get about 8 of these strips out of each sheet, that's almost 100 box liners from one pack of DSP! That's a great value!

Head on over to Tanya and the rest of the bloggers! I love what they come up with!

While I'm excited for the holidays, in the retail world I know it will start getting old in a couple weeks...wish me luck!


Saturday, October 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Cookie Cutter

Fall is definitely here.  My husband and I went up the canyon last weekend to see the beautiful leaves as they are changing color in the mountains. They are changing in the valley as well, but it is so much more dramatic with the large clumps of trees together as well as the dusting of snow.  So pretty! 
We are having fun with our blog hop and I decided to use the cute Cookie Cutter Christmas set to create my projects this month.  I found out I have a new grand nephew this week, so this card will be perfect for the gift.  I also used Playful Backgrounds for some fun texture.

My Christmas card uses the same Cookie Cutter Christmas set along with the bold look of the Candy Cane Lane DSP. The bright colors on the Crumb Cake background is stunning and I added a touch of bling with some Red and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and some Candy Cane Lane baker's twine.  An extra detail was using the Fine Tip glue pen as "frosting". Letting the glue dry gives a shiny raised look to the white details on the gingerbread man--very cute! 

I'm loving so many of the sets in the new Holiday catalog and the bundles are great because you can purchase coordinating items for a better deal than buying them separately. Check out more bundles here.

We'd love to hear how you like the blog hop so we know how we can give our friends more inspiration! Comments are always welcome!

It's time to get the Halloween decorations out!  I love this time of year, what about you?


Thursday, September 1, 2016

We Create Blog Hop--Stepped Over?

In the past few months we haven been doing a lot of stepped up projects, starting with a simple design and then adding more...paper, accessories, stamps, whatever.  The next few months we are doing it a bit different.  We are making a project and then doing a similar one using holiday products! I hope you enjoy it!

I am loving so many of the new Thinlits.  They are so fun and versitile.  For the first project I used Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies along with Sunshine Sayings stamp set. These products are coordinated to be used together and you can create cards and gifts for so many occasions.

The holiday wreath was made with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits along with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Again, another all-around set for many different projects.

I can't wait to get my hands on some new products from the Holiday Catalog! You can order from it today, so head on over to my website and get a jump on your holiday cards, tags, gift bags and boxes-it will be here before you know it!
I bet there's some great projects on the blog hop today. Check out my creative friends!
Life is just as crazy as ever--it never seems to slow down!  Fall is around the corner and I can't wait!