Saturday, June 24, 2017


Hey there crafters! 

It's been quite a while since I posted. I want to thank you for sticking around and checking back now and again as I go through some transitions in my life.  

May/June is a always a huge transition in any Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's life. We get new catalogs which includes pre-orders in May plus savings and discounts on product that are leaving the catalog... 

Out with the old... in with the new. 

The last few years in my personal life have felt a little like that transition. Between my home life being uprooted somewhat and now my career has also been turned topsy-turvey with the sale of the company I have been working at for the last 10 years. I have seen people come and go a lot in the last few months... something I do NOT enjoy. 

Most recently my son, who has been my room-mate for the last 2 years as well as my rock through my divorce, has decided to move across the country.  I am happy and hopeful for him as he begins a new job and a new life so far from home.  Missing him like crazy! So I am in the midst of refocusing my life a bit.  

Revamping my craft space...

With my son leaving, I gained an extra room so now I can spread out a bit more.

Redecorating my blog....

As  you can see I have been working away at updating the look and feel of my digital home here. There are likely going to be more changes, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the current changes. I am pushing for a more simplistic feel - a little bit more minimalist, if you will. And I am hoping my posts reflect that as well.... I know I get wordy. (LOL)

Working to bring new ideas to you....

Stay tuned for some new projects and ideas coming soon!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brush Calligraphy using Stampin' Write Markers

Hello crafters... Its been a while since i been online and my blog has been slightly neglected. Im hoping to change that a little bit. Its one of my New Years Goals... To post more.

In addition to that goal, another one is to explore and learn brush calligraphy. I decided to join a group of lovely people on Instagram where we are participating in 30-days of drills. 4-weeks of practicing the basics. I am a week behind everyone else but i totally consider it an advantage because I am enjoying not only our instructors advice but tips from those a week ahead of me!

Go ahead and seach #showmeyourdrills on instagram and you will find a bunch of awesome inspiration should you decide to join. 

The group is lead by Becca Courtice from She has easy to follow videos, printouts and amazing tips and advice. 

Here are a couple of my first week's practice pages. 

I am using a Stampin' Write Marker since it has a similar brush tip. So far it seems to translate similarly though I have a ways to go to master the pressure needed to create perfect strokes. I love my Stampin' Write markers and can't wait to get good enough to use some brush calligraphy on some cards!

What are some of your New Years resolutions or goals?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bonus Days!!!

Stampin' Up! Is doing something new called Bonus Days! Check it out! 

For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend in between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!

• Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
• Redemption period:August 2–31, 2016
• An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
• It is strongly recommended that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered.
• Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed. 

I can't wait to see how many bonus bucks you earn!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Easter!

Hello Stampers!  It's been a while since I posted... sorry about that. Life has been extremely busy of late.  I do hope all of you had a Happy and Blessed Easter!  I spent Easter Sunday with my grand daughter, Avah. How was your Easter?

Today, I have a Stampin' Up! basket tutorial for you... its small and adorable. Works well for sharing treats at work. I would imagine it would make a perfect placeholder for a baby shower or a formal dinner table. And it's super easy to make using only a 6x6 sheet of designer series paper! I made mine with some retired stash I had left over - Great way to use up scraps!

This basket uses the Stampin' Up! Gift Box Punch Board and its smallest box template. I did not punch the corners but instead folded those down the outside of the box to make use of the 2-sided DSP.  Staple or glue a half inch by six inch strip of coordinating DSP to form the handle, then use the bow builder punch to create two bows of coordinating DSP to put over the staples. Glue down the flaps opposite the handle sides, then shred some Mossy Meadow DSP to put inside the basket. It will hold several candy kisses or a large Cadbury Cream Egg or even one decorated Easter Egg. 

Tools and Supplies Needed:
6x6 sheet DSP (2-sided)
Coordinating Cardstock
Gift Box Punch Board
Bow Builder Punch 
Glue Dots
Shredded Paper

Even better though, the Gift Box Punch Board is ON SALE this week!  Pick it up for only $15.00. And while your checking out the Gift Box Punch Board, take a look at the other weekly deals we have too!

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Besides making these cute little gift box punch board baskets, Avah and I had loads of fun creating some cute candy baskets for her mom and uncle and his girl friend. While these aren't Stampin' Up! baskets, they were still so much fun to make with her! She liked them much better than her own basket - which was overflowing with yummy treats and silly toys. 

These were super easy to make. Just a glue gun, some chipboard for the bottom, and movie theater candy boxes from Walmart.  I picked up Slim Jims for the handles cuz these were for my adult kids. Just need to keep the boxes of candies about the same size in height. Avah enjoyed putting them together. She filled the baskets while I hot glued them. 

Well, that's all I have for today!  Happy Stamping!