Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Hostess Code!

We have a new Hostess Code for April/May.  I create these codes to coordinate with our card classes.  

If your order is less than $150, I appreciate you using this Hostess Code:  3WX7MHKG.  Here's a picture to help you know where to enter the code:

If you place an on line order, and it is over $150, you don't need to enter the code so you get the hostess rewards.  What are Hostess Rewards?  FREE Product!  A $150 order gets you 10% or $15 of FREE product.  If you place a $300 order, you get 12% or $36 in FREE product.  And the percentage goes up again at a $450 order with one item at 50% off plus 14%  or $63 in FREE product.

Now I'm going to tell you, if your order is over $150, you may want to consider joining Stampin' Up!  No, you don't have to hold classes.  No, you don't have to even sell to anyone else.  BUT you do need to keep the minimum quota of $300 in sales for a quarter.  What happens if you don't?  You go into Pending status and have a grace period to make it up.  If you don't make it up, you are dropped as a demonstrator.  BUT in the meantime, you get to enjoy a great discount on your personal orders!

This isn't for you?  Okay, so go ahead and place your order and earn some FREE product.

If you decide you want to take advantage of signing up as a demonstrator, let me help you create your kit -- $125 of product for $99 and FREE shipping on the kit.  

Happy Crafting,


Friday, April 20, 2018

Mother's Day Card

As some of you know, I have a ton of Paper Pumpkin kits that need to be put together.  If you would like to come out and play with one of these kits, just let me know!  Julie has been stopping by helping to put these together.  I now have them sorted into stacks -- which ones I want to do exactly like the instructions, and which ones I want to change!  There are more change kits than anything!

Well, my April Paper Pumpkin is due as I write this, so when this is posted I will have another kit that I will need to get done.

Today's share is a kit that we did one set of cards close to the kit design, except we made them Mother's Day cards because I was running low.  

The little 4 X 4 cards we stepped up into a standard 5-1/2 X 4-1/4 card.  These we made as Birthday cards.

We had 8 cards in this kit and I LOVE them all!  If you get Paper Pumpkin, be sure to share your creations!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hold On To Hope

Today's share is another card that I brought back from On Stage that my group from the Branson Community Center wanted to make.  I made a couple of changes to it and Julie helped with the decision making!  Thanks, Julie!

Here is the original card by Debbie R., of Choctaw, OK.  She cased her card from Cindy L.  

Here is the card Julie and I designed.  I love the colors and simplicity of the card.  I didn't have the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, so I used what I had -- the retired woodgrain embossing folder.  I must admit, I love the Pinewood Planks affect.  Can you guess what's on my next order??

Recipe for this card:

Stamp Set: Hold on to Hope with coordinating framelits
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Early Expresso, and Rich Razzleberry 

Happy Crafting,



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Kit - All Shook Up!

You asked for it - - Shaker Cards!  Well I found a Paper Pumpkin kit that I hadn't put together so we're going to do this one for class!  For my sample, I tried to follow as closely as I could to the kit.  I have nine cards in the kit so I may have to cut more supplies!

This is another card we will be making on Tuesday, April 24th!


Basic Gray Cardstock Base
Whisper White Cardstock Frame
Bits and pieces of confetti (some from other kits)
Thank You Dies (two seperate die sets)
Stamp Set:  From Paper Pumpkin Kit

Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

You Make Me Ridiculously Happy!

I brought home a bunch of swaps from On Stage in Fort Worth.  My Tuesday night class went through the swaps and this is one of the cards they wanted to make.  There was no name with this card, so if this is yours, Thank YOU!

This is a card we will be making in our Tuesday night class at the Branson Community Center.  Class is scheduled for the 24th at 6 pm.  Contact Traci, at the center, to confirm your spot!

On this card there is a lot of two-step stamping.  The flowers are two-toned, but don't worry, we'll be using the stamparatus for most of this card.


Lovely Friends Stamp Set (Retiring 1 June 2018)
Retired Embossing folder (Use what you have!)
Powder Pink Cardstock base
Berry Burst layer
Whisper White


Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Momento Black

Come back tomorrow for the second card we will be making!

Happy Crafting,


Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Madness

I've been busy creating and cutting cardstock for class that I forgot about a post for this morning!  Everything is ready for class on Tuesday, April 24th.  I'll post pictures of the cards tonight.  And I promise to get back in the groove here in a couple of days.  For now here's an uplifting reminder!

Happy Crafting,


Saturday, April 14, 2018

More On-Stage Make and Takes

Here are the other two Make and Takes we made while at On Stage.  Do you see anything new in these cards?

The first card has new Stamp Set, cording, and printed vellum.  The second card has new laser cut designer series papers, new watercolor wash notecards, new punch, and new dotted ribbon.

Again, you can see these plus the swaps when you come to one of my classes.  My next class is scheduled for April 24th at 6 PM at the Branson Community Center.  If you prefer day-time classes, give me a call to schedule yours today!

Happy Crafting,


Friday, April 13, 2018

On Stage Make and Takes

While at On-Stage in Fort Worth, Texas, we had the opportunity to use some of the new product coming out on June 1st.  These are two of the four make and takes that we made.  Can you spot the new product?

We have new stamp sets, framelits, twine, designer series papers, and new leave embellishments on the top card.

On the second card, we have new stamp sets, new glossy doilies, new Rich Razzleberry trim, and new designer series papers.

If you attend one of my classes or come see me at the Branson Mill Craft Village, you can see some of the new product and these card samples in person.  

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Q & A on Stampin' Up! New Ink Pads

With our new color revamp, we also have a new design for the ink pads.  Here are some questions and answers that have been raised so far:


Why did we change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. We can only use a mold a limited number of times before we need to replace it, so we had to decide if we wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. We chose to improve it!

What’s better about the case?

We wanted the new case to: 
Be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
Have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
Be stackable. The ability to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
The stickers include a new In Color icon.
We’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
We’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different?

We improved our ink formula because we noticed that our old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as we’d like to see it.

The improved ink formula will:
Reduce ink bubbles.
Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?

Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you or a customer recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?

Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of our ink offering. We are confident that both the Memento and StāzOn pads are high-quality inks that perform to our customers’ needs.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?

Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast.

My Premier Preorder should be in on Friday.  I will have samples of the new ink pads and other product, so stop in and see me on Monday or Tuesday next week!

Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Stage Swaps

Do you swap cards with your friends?  I do, especially when going to On' Stage!  I just got back from Stampin' Up! On-Stage in Fort Worth, TX.  Long drive, but FUN time.  Thank you, Rogene, for keeping me company!

So on Saturday, I posted my swap.  Today, I'm sharing swaps I received for my card.  Let me know if there is any card that you would like to learn how to make.  And if you want to swap cards -- contact me!

Happy Crafting!