Birth of a swap card…

I wanted to show you my creative thought process in creating and designing cards for a swap.  What is a swap, you ask?  Well a swap is where a group of people make a specific number of items that follow a set list of requirements and theme.  In my case, I was to make full cards (not card fronts) and my requirement was to make 5+1 by the deadline date and to only use stamp sets from the Occasions mini catalog.  When I had my first preview of the Occasions mini catalog, I had come across one stamp set that I instant fell in love with.  The stamp set is Vivid Vases.  I know, when I saw this stamp set, that I wanted to do the Coloring technique.  I love doing the Coloring technique, and yes I still color in coloring books too!

When working on a swap I don’t always come up with a design as was the case with this swap.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with one.  So what I did was just stamped the image on Whisper White card stock and colored it in with my favorite colors.  After I colored it, I looked at it and then I made notes on the changes I wanted to make to the next card.  Here is the card with the notes:WatermarkDraftVividVases

I then stamped the image again and colored it according to my notes and made a few more changes.  Then I decided on how to pair it with other card stock to make my cards.  I ended up with this final card:


Stamp set: Vivid Vases, Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Watercolor Designer Paper, Ink: Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Real Red, So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe.

As you can see, it is different from what I started out with.  Anyone can design cards, all they need is to use their imagination and be open to inspiration!  If you need any of the supplies to make this card, please feel free to contact me at


Sale-A-Bration is here!!!


It’s here!!  Sale-A-Bration is here!!!

 What is Sale-A-Bration (SAB)?  It’s probably everyone’s most favorite Stampin’ Up! special of the year…certainly mine!  With specials for Customers, Hostesses and new Demonstrators – there’s something fabulous for everyone!


What do Customers get?  FREE Sale-bration product!

  • Choose ONE free SAB product when you spend $50 (before tax & shipping)
  • Choose TWO free SAB products when you pend $100
  • Choose THREE free SAB products when you spend $150 (AND qualify for the usual hostess rewards of $25)


It’s the most popular time of the year to host a party!

What do hostesses get?  $30 more in Stampin’ Up! product with a $300 party…choose product from the current catalogs, including exclusive hostess selections!

  • $150 party = $25 Hostess Dollars
  • $200 party = $30 Hostess Dollars
  • $250 party = $40 Hostess Dollars
  • $300 party = $50 Hostess Dollars plus $30 more during SAB  = $80!



What do New Demonstrators get?  They get $25 more in their starter kit for just $99 during SAB.  Normally you would choose $125 of product for your kit, but during SAB you get to add another $25 for a total of $150 worth of products for just $99!!!

This is a great time to become a new demonstrator!   You get 20% discount on products, plenty of great ideas not only from Stampin’ Up! but from other demonstrators too (ask me how), and you will make great friends in the process!

I would love to have you join my team and I welcome all types of demonstrators, from the hobbyist to those who want their Stampin’ Up! endeavor to be more business focused.  If you feel that Stampin’ Up! is a good choice for you, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


It’s finally here!!! part 1

Well it’s finally here!!!  The post you all have been waiting to read is finally here!  Our new craft studio is finally ready for some crafting magic!

Let’s start with the reminder of what it was before the transformation.

photo4 photo3 photo2When I first moved into our new house, the craft studio was just a storage room for unpacked boxes.  Well after several months of unpacking, we finally were able to empty it.  It took us a few weeks to get it fully painted.  My daughter and I did the painting.  I also went around the room before painting, taking out all of the nails and repairing the holes that were left behind.  It took so long to paint because the walls were made of wood paneling and it really absorbed each layer of paint.  We ended up painting three layers of paint because of this. 


First we had to clean the walls and repair any holes left from taking nails out of the wall.


And the painting begins!


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AFTER: One layer of paint.


My Roxy wanted to even help! Awwww….she is so darn cute!!


Please…please…PLEASE! Can I help!!!


AFTER: Three layers of paint! Nice and solid pink, just the way I wanted it!!

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I don’t want this to be too long of a post, so I am going to end this one here.  Not to worry, the second part will be coming up soon with even more picture!

Thanks for reading this post and if you want to see more pictures or see some of my bloopers, check out my Facebook page and you will get to see special pictures that I won’t post here!


Its finally here!!! part 2

If your just landing here from the internet, you can read part 1 of this 2-part post here.

In the first post, we talked about the painting process.  The room is painted and now we move onto the furniture.

It took me about a month to actually purchase the furniture items that I wanted in the craft studio with the exception of one dresser.  This dresser is a hand-me-down piece.  It originally belonged to my husband’s step-grandfather.  His grandmother had it in storage at her home and when she had passed, we inherited this piece plus two more that we have put in our bedroom.


Dirty with no doors!


Cleaned and I put the doors back on!!

I really struggled over whether or not to paint it to coordinate with the other furniture in the room, but in the end I decided against it.  Besides being a paper crafter, I am a also a genealogist and have an affection for all things that hold a story.  As you can see by the close-up pictures I took, this dresser has character.  It has years of grand kids running around, family coming over, and just a lot of love and memories.  I just couldn’t paint over that!  So it sits in the craft studio, in its original condition.



My husband and I purchased several things, most were from IKEA (the desk, bookcase, and cubes), filing cabinets and table from Micheal’s, and another dresser piece from Orchard Supply Hardware, where my husband works.  I put every single piece together myself with no help from my husband and that is just the way I wanted it to be!  My husband is such a sweetie and he let me handle this myself.  I did borrow one or two of his tools, ask him for ideas on a problem or two, but other than that, I did it all myself!


Dresser from Orchard Supply Hardware


Bookcase from IKEA.

It is a small room and I barely squeezed in three people for my open house a few months ago and that is with me standing at all times!  It has already been lovingly used by my daughter and myself in several crafting sessions together and we both love it!  It is our own creative studio.  I love that everything has a place but it still needs work too.  The windows need to be re-surfaced and re-painted, but that is a project for my husband at a later date.  The one thing I don’t have up yet is my wall decor.  I had planned on using my Cricut machine to cut out a saying on vinyl, but I have yet to come across a saying that I feel needs to be on my wall.  Any ideas?  Comment and let me know your suggestions.

Also if you want to see the behinds the scene photos of me putting the furniture together,  check out my Facebook page.  I will be posting my blooper photos and things there, that you won’t see on my blog, so make sure to like my page to get the latest!


Happy New Years!


Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you much success and happiness in the new year.  I would like to thank you for coming back, time after time, reading my posts this past year and for following me.  It has really been a great joy to be writing for you all.  I am not making resolutions this year, but I am looking into being more productive as a blogger so that i could produce more frequent posts.  There is not a guarantee, but I promise that I will try very hard to keep posting more often.

However you celebrate New Year’s this year, please be safe and if your out partying the night away, have an awesome time and please have a designated driver.

Happy New Year!