Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Christmas Day!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Demonstrator Holiday Gift Exchange

Last evening we had our annual Demonstrator Holiday Party and Gift Exchange.  Each person created a hand-made item and we did a random gift exchange.  My creations are above.  I created the Tree ornament using small wooden spools covered with silver ribbon.  I needed a cute box to put it in, so I covered a box using snowflake paper and made a bow to add to the top.  On the inside, I placed some crinkle paper and added my cute owl candy/gift card holder with a mint inside.
My demo friends always go all out for this, so we have such amazing creations!
We also do a sweet and savory potluck, so you can imagine how yummy that was!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Project

This was my project for the Ronald McDonald House yesterday.  I created the designer series paper, reindeer, and to/from on My Digital Studio.  The pouch is made from the scallop envelope die, and one end was left open.  If I put a gift card in it while I was gluing it, the gift card fit in very nicely.  It was a simple and quick project.  We had 4 demonstrators at the event yesterday and we were happy to see a lot of children participating.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Place Settings

These were my Thanksgiving place settings and favors.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Boutique item

These little guys were a last-minute addition, but ended up being very popular.  The silver ones sold out.  They are very small, 2x3 inches.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cute Snowman Hershey Bars

These cute little snowmen were created from a public template of the face. (thank you to the creator!)  I couldn't get to my sewing machine, so I had to hand-sew the little hats.  It took quite a while to make 14 of these little guys!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Another Boutique Item

This is a holiday notepad/pencil in a DVD case.  The notepad is removable so it can be used as a gift box or a storage box too.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another boutique item

I made this pouch using the petite pocket die (same one I used for the little owl).  I ran it through the Big Shot with the new snowflake edge embossing folder and made a belly band with the little coffee cup on it.  It has Starbucks peppermint mocha latte via mix inside the pouch.  A nice little stocking stuffer or something to add to that Starbucks gift card.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another Boutique item

These are cute little Snowman kisses.  Various people have created these and I made two types.  Thank you to the many people whose creations inspired me!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Some of my Holiday Boutique items

Here is one of my Holiday Boutique items.  I used the same idea from a previous post, but made this one more holiday-themed.  You can put a gift card or a small candy in the pouch.  So cute!
I will post some of my other items over the next few days.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Holiday Boutique

Holiday Boutique

Nov 15 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (Pacific)
I will be selling hand-crafted items at the San Carlos-Belmont Mother's Club Holiday Boutique at 20 Twin Pines Lane in Belmont on Thursday, November 15th, from 7-9 pm.
Twin Pines Community Center

Extra Surprise Project at Stamp Camp

I usually like to have a surprise project at my stamp camps.  This is the one I had for my Holiday Stamp Camp last weekend.  It is a pouch that can hold a gift card or a piece of candy, or one of the Via coffee packets from Starbucks.  The idea came from Kimberly Van Diepen, I just changed it up a little.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat

This was my card for this month's demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  I got inspiration from a card on Stampin' Connection (our demonstrator only site) by Amanda Burditt.  I varied it by adding the sparkle paper behind the flocked window sheet, and added a different kind of bow.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Take a look at Stampin' Success!

One of the perks of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is our demo only magazine that is published every other month.  Here is a link to see some of the items that we get to see each issue:

In addition, we have access to a demonstrator-only website where there are tons of creative ideas shared in photo and video form, and forums for advice.

It only costs $99 to join, and with the current special going on, not only do you get to choose $125 worth of product, you will receive a free color family stamp pad set!

It's fun and you receive 30% discount on your first order and 20% discount on every order you place after that, plus extra incentives and bonuses that can be earned.

Contact me today to join or ask questions, or go directly to my website to join up.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Ronald McDonald House Card

This is my card for today's Ronald McDonald House.  Just in time for sending out a Thanksgiving greeting.  I can't believe it is coming so soon!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Some Great Stampin' Up deals!!

Stampin' Up is offering some great deals starting Monday, October 29th!  All digital download kits are 50% off through November 5th. In addition they are giving 3 free downloads! It's time to take a good look at My Digital Studio!

Also, Stampin' Up is now offering single stamps from some of the stamp sets in the catalog.  Contact me to see these new singles, or you can go to my website.

And finally, but clearly the most exciting news, on Monday, October 29th, all stamp sets will be 15% off for the entire day.  It includes all stamps/sets except hostess sets or bundled sets.

So, start your wish list today and let me know by Monday if you would like to place an order, or go directly to my website on Monday to place your online order.

Have fun!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Holiday Stamp Camp Cards

Here are the offerings for my Holiday Stamp Camp on November 4th from 1-4 pm.  We will be making 2 of each of these cards.  The fee for the camp is $20.  If you want to make more of any of the cards, they will be $2 each.  Please RSVP by October 28th with your payment and indicate if you will be making additional cards.
(Please note:  The inspiration for most of these cards came from Lyssa Zwolanek.  The top card is CASED directly, and several others were inspired by some of her creations.)

Friday, October 12, 2012

October Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat

This was my card for this month's demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  I feel like I have been so busy, it was hard for me to come up with this idea.  I love that there are framelits for the stamp set so I can just run them through my Big Shot and have them cut out just perfectly.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October Ronald McDonald Project

This is my project for the Ronald McDonald House today.
I used the Petite Pocket die to create the pouch for the candies.
I used the Halloween DSP from the Holiday Mini and the Tricky Treats Stamp set.  I also used the black striped ribbon from the Holiday Mini.
Hope the families will have fun creating these today. :-)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Celebrating Deacon Ordination

Our oldest son is being ordained a deacon at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican in Rome today.  It is a joyful time for him as he also prepares for his priestly ordination next June.
This is the card that I made and sent to him to congratulate him.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat

These are the cards that I designed for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  They had a choice of one of these to create.  Both used the new Halloween DSP from the holiday mini.  The top card uses Zoo Review stamp set, and the bottom card uses the cat stamp from the holiday mini.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sympathy Cards with MDS

Sometimes I need a card in a hurry and don't have time to figure out what stamp set I want to use.  That is why My Digital Studio comes in so handy.  I created both of these sympathy cards in a short time and then layered them on some embossed cardstock to make quick and elegant cards.
The top one is for my sister who lost her oldest cat recently.  I know she is feeling very sad, so I am hoping this card will cheer her a bit.
The second card is for a high school friend who recently lost his father.
I guess I never really have sympathy cards on hand--I guess hoping I won't have to use them, but using MDS, I can have them ready to go in short order.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Project

This is my project for the Ronald McDonald House today.  There is a little coloring book included that I made using My Digital Studio.  The front has a pocket to hold the mini markers.
I thought this would be good since it is back to school time.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stamp 'n Chat Card

This was my card this evening for our monthly demonstrator stamp 'n chat.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Project

This is the project I had for the Ronald McDonald
House this weekend.

The kids got to decorate the bubbles holder to use as a gift, but most of them took their bubbles out right away to use. ☺
I used the special stamp set designed by Stampin' Up for the Ronald McDonald House.  With the purchase of each set, a donation is made to the RMH.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Holiday Mini goes live!

The holiday mini is now live!  Click on the photo above or on the side bar to take a look!
Want your own hard copy?  Just let me know!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Anniversary Card

Using the same theme from my stamp 'n chat card, I did this card vertically to make an anniversary card for my daughter and her hubby.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Birthday Card

This is a card that I created for a family member's birthday.  I seem to be using this new butterfly punch a lot!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Stamp 'n Chat card

This is my card for tonight's demonstrator stamp 'n chat.  I am not able to attend because we are having a wonderful family reunion with family from Australia, Oregon, Northern and Southern California.  It is also exciting because all of our children and grandchildren are going to be here, for which we are so grateful.
However, I still created a card to share and got my inspiration from a card on our demonstrator only site, Stampin' Connection.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Birthday card for my son-in-law

I created this card for my son-in-law's birthday.  Inside there is a pocket to hold a gift card.  I used the same designer series paper from the outside to make the pocket.
Since his birthday is so close to the 4th of July, I usually use that theme.  This time I left out the red and just went with the white and blue and the star.  I used the new Sizzix primitive star framelits.  All the other items on the card are Stampin' Up!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Excited to Announce!

I am excited to announce that I was one of the winners in the Father's Day Creative Challenge on Shelli Gardner's blog!  For this honor, I get to choose a free stamp set from the current catalog!  How fun! the link to my card is here:

And the link to her blog is here:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Watermelon Card

This is one of the cards we made at the Summer stamp camp.  Watermelons, yum!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

DVD case decorated

This is the project we made during the Summer Stamp camp today.  It will hold the cards very nicely, or a gift, or a notebook.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beautiful Bird Card

This card was inspired by my stamping friend, Lynda. I used all new items from the new Stampin' Up catalog.  I just love the new fancy fan embossing folder.  So elegant!  And don't you just love the new butterfly punch??

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day Card

This is a card that I made for my Father-in-Law for Father's day.  I was really excited that it turned out so well.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stamp 'n Chat Card

This is my card for the Demonstrator Stamp 'n Chat.  I used a new embossing folder for the background.  I may also use this card for my upcoming stamp camp on June 24th.  Stay tuned.