Saturday, May 1, 2021

May 2021 Specials

April brought wind and showers but May is bringing 5 new In Colors and a whole lot of awesome products. 

New Annual Catalog Launching

Our new annual catalog goes live on May 4th!  Do you have your wish lists ready?  

  • You can order and ship to your house via my Online Store using hostess code SMG73X2K when checking out unless you qualify as your own hostess. 

  • You can gather orders from your friends and family through a unique online hostess code and have the benefits rack up for yourself!

The last day to order from the current annual catalog is May 3rd.  The January – June mini is good while supplies last or through June 30st.

May Promotions

Connect, Craft & Collect: From May 4th – June 14th, you can earn an additional $25 when you host a qualifying party of $250 or more.  This can be an online party, catalog party, or an individual order that qualifies you as the hostess. 

Join+:  From May 4th – May 31st, new team members will get even more value when they sign up!  You can pick out $155 in merchandise for only $99 (plus tax).  With the new catalog in May and the pre-order for the holiday mini in July/August, this is a great time to sign up to see if this is a good fit for you AND save yourself some money while purchasing products at a discount from yourself!  There is no obligation – you have until September 30th to meet the first $300 minimum or you go inactive with no penalties.  Contact me today if you’d like more information!

May Paper Pumpkin

If you sign up on May 7th, you can get the Batter Up kit for $5 as a new subscriber if you enter HOMERUN0521 in the promo code box!  That's a great deal to try out something new!  If you were a previous subscriber that loves baseball and/or needs masculine cards, I hope you consider coming back.  Even at a full price of $22 (plus tax), the kits are a great value for this 9 card kit.  The plan as of right now is that the bonus subscriber project will be a mini book to share baseball photos or for Father’s Day or a birthday for the all-star in your life!    

Sign up here: 

Paper Pumpkin is a kit in the mail subscription that includes the ink, stamps, adhesive, and instructions you need to assemble the cards or projects.  First time subscribers get a clear acrylic block with their first kit.  Defer or cancel any time.

Upcoming Classes 

Below is a list of my upcoming virtual classes which are all conducted at 7pm MST.  

  • May 3rd – Mystery Stamping - Virtual - 7pm
  • May 10th – Tips & Trick Video - using the Stamparatus to MOUNT your cling stamp stickers
  • May 17th – TBD
  • May 24th – Paper Pumpkin Alternatives – Virtual - 7pm

      PLEASE NOTE: My June virtual class will be Sweet as a Peach bundle (pg. 61) and July will be Artistically Inked (pg. 97).  If you purchase either of these bundles (which hopefully won't go on backorder quickly), you will get a 3-4 card kit and instructions to go with whichever bundle you purchase plus a virtual class link so we can assemble them together.  

      Covid-19 & In Person Classes Update

      I know that some of you have been asking about my in-person classes.  While I miss having these classes, I will not be having in person classes until I am confident that I can do so safely for my family and yours.  Any classes conducted at my house this summer will require participants to be fully vaccinated.  I will only be able to do classes at a hostess’s house if that hostess and all their customers are fully vaccinated as well.  For those that have not participated in one of my virtual events, I encourage you to jump on and see if they may work for you at this time.  We have built quite the fun community over the last six months!

      Upcoming Promotions

      • Sale-a-Bration Part 2: This promotion will run August 1 – September 30th with a whole new variety of products offered.
      • Next Mini Catalog:  There is a delay in some of the products in this mini catalog so SU! has pushed the launch of this catalog out one month.  It will now run from August 1st through the end of the year.  

      Have a craftastic day,


      Current Hostess Code:  SMG73X2K 

      Online Store Link:

      Link to Paper Pumpkin:

      Sunday, April 25, 2021

      April 2021 Paper Pumpkin - So Cool

      Good evening everyone - I wanted to share the full resolution photos that I created using my So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit.  I received this kit on Friday and was able to churn out some happy cards in no time at all.  I love that Paper Pumpkin helps keep my creativity flowing!

      The So Cool kit came with 3 each of 4 different designs.  Though untraditional in size, they hold all the promise of sunshine and summer.

      Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that comes to your mailbox in a shiny red box.  Inside you will find an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, ink spot, and a kit containing pre-cut dies and cardstocks to make cards or 3d projects, along with adhesives.  All you supply are your scissors and your desire for a little self-care time at a low price.  First time subscribers also get a free acrylic block in their first kit.  

      For my subscribers, I create a variety of alternative ideas and provide a PDF with images and instructions to make those projects using their kits and some of their own additional supplies.  I also create a make-n-take that I send out as a thank you for subscribing.  Finally, thanks to the virtual world we live in right now, I also hold a virtual Paper Pumpkin Alternatives class for my subscribers and downline on the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm MST.

      These were the alternatives I walked my group through tonight.

      These two projects were inspired by samples created and shared by Lori Lugauer.

      As subscribers, customers also get a card kit that allows them to make one of my alternative designs.  In this case, they can use the provided supplies to make any of these three cards.  

      These kits will include an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 white card base, 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock, 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 Basic White, and 3 x 4 piece of Ice Cream Corner DSP.

      While you needed to subscribe by April 10th to get this great kit, you can sign up by May 10th to get the next kit.  That kit, Batter Up, features 9 cards and envelopes that will be perfect for those all star players in your life.  

      If you sign up on May 7th, you can get this kit for $5 as a new subscriber if you enter HOMERUN0521 in the promo code box!  That's a great deal and I cannot wait to share a photo project with these kit!

      Sign up here: 

      Have a craftastic day,


      Monday, April 19, 2021

      April 2021 Virtual Class - Hydrangea Haven

       While the last year has been stressful and overwhelming, the opportunity to take my business online and meet the expectations of so many of my long-time customers has been a highlight.  I learned that the bar for electronic opportunities was much lower than I expected and I have had so much fun capturing creativity and spunk in my videos and virtual classes.

      Tonight we are meeting for a virtual class to make these great projects.  Some of these projects were inspired by samples from Rachel Tessman who has really helped keep my creativity going when I needed a push.  I love being a part of the demonstrator community where there are so many helping hands!

      These projects were kitted and provided for free to my customers and downline that ordered the Hydrangea Haven bundle and Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper.  They were provided all the card pieces and used their bundles, along with either Gorgeous Grape or Highland Heather ink, to create them.  A complete supply list is available below.  They were also given an instruction PDF with all the cuts and directions so they could do it on their own if the technology isn't their friend or they aren't available for the class they earned.  And, since I get my 2nd dose of Pfizer today, so they could do it if I have to cancel because I feel clunky!

      Because they also ordered one of the most gorgeous papers we've ever had, they also get to make this cool trifold together using their paper.  This project was taken from a sample created by my incredibly talented mom who always finds a way to turn paper into something beautiful (just like her heart and soul are beautiful!)  I hope that everyone enjoys making this as much as I did.

      • Stamps: Hydrangea Haven
      • Paper: Hydrangea Hill DSP, Misty Moonlight CS, Highland Heather CS, Purple Posy CS, Basic White CS, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
      • Ink: Gorgeous Grape or Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight
      • Tools: Hydrangea Dies, Cut & Emboss Machine, Scissors, Water Painters, hole punch, sewing needle, paper piercing pad, coordinating clear acrylic blocks
      • Adhesives: Adhesive, Dimensionals, narrow tear tape or strong adhesive
      • Other: Paper Towel (1 Dry/1 Wet)
      I hope you enjoyed the peek at these projects and spend some time this week making your own beautiful creations. 

      Have a craftastic day,

      Monday, April 5, 2021

      April 2021 Specials

      With April comes showers and wind but also the return of sports for the kids.  Baseball for one and track & volleyball for the other.  They may have to wear masks but you can tell how happy they are to be back with their friends doing things they adore!

      There is a lot to adore from Stampin' Up! as well.  My virtual classes are continuing each Monday and Paper Pumpkin kits continue to be fun to teach and play with.  We also have the end of a catalog coming up and a new catalog being released.  I cannot wait for my pre-order to arrive on Wednesday, one of the many perks of being a demonstrator (along with a killer discount!)  

      Last Chance List

      With the arrival of a new catalog comes the end to the old one.  The products from the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog are available while supplies last or until May 3rd.  Retiring items from the January-June catalog will be available while supplies last through June 1st.  You can click HERE to check out those special deals and discounts!

      April Paper Pumpkin - So Cool

      Sign up by 4/10 to receive the Paper Pumpkin Kit called So Cool.  This kit is perfect for the kid/grandkids to make with you or to make for those young at heart!  Your kits come with instructions, ink, stamps, adhesive, and fully cut pieces to stamp and assemble.  New subscribers get a free acrylic block with their sets.  Subscribers also get a bonus make-n-take project from me as a thank you!  Sign up by 4/10 by clicking HERE.  Cancel anytime so this is totally a month by month commitment!

      New Catalogs are Coming

      While you can only order from the new catalog if you are a demonstrator, I wanted to share the cover which contains one of the suites I'm really excited about!  If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator, let me know and we can see if it's a good fit for you!  A new catalog is a great time  to sign up as a demonstrator so that you can get your new stuff at a great discount!

      That's all I have to share for right now - I hope April brings you crafting time and all the good things in life!

      Have a craftastic day,


      Monday, March 22, 2021

      March 2021 Paper Pumpkin - Here's to You

      This month's Paper Pumpkin has hit my maibox and my craft room.  I love the bonus stencils that were include in the kit that work together to create some great landscapes and that it came with a decorative box - perfect for gifting the cards you make to another person!

      The kit came with enough supplies to make 4 each of 2 different designs with envelopes.  The envelopes came with removable liners so this month, demonstrators don't have to cut up the envelopes for the extra patterns!

      The kit also included all the necessary die cut pieces, stamp set, Calypso Coral ink spot, adhesive, and instructions. The stamp set has beautiful sayings and a tree set that I see coming back into play this Christmas....  First time subscribers get a free acrylic block but since I've been subscribing since 2013, I got my block LONG ago.

      Because March is the anniversary of Stampin' Up!, they included a bonus of stencils with the kit along with a sponge to cut up.  The stencils are fun as you can do several different techniques with them:
      1. Pair them with an aqua brush and watercolor paper
      2. Trace with a marker or watercolor pencils
      3. Use the sponge and ink
      4. Use things like specialty paints or Wink of Stella with them
      5. Use your sponge with Versamark and emboss with them!  

      If you use Blends, make sure you have a Color Lifter handy so they don't stain your templates and they may bleed a little as alcohol inks tend to do on paper.  I learned that the hard way so no samples below using blends or alcohol ink in a spritzer bottle.....

      Here are my first few alternative ideas that did work....

      Finally, subscribers with me get materials in the mail to make a project together during a virtual Paper Pumpkin class on the 4th Monday of the month.  Tonight is my class and we are making this project to make sure they all know how to use the stencils and can ask me questions about them.

      This is all my samples for today but I have to call out a fellow demonstrator that inspired me with this kit.  Tami White created some cards that I fell in love with.  I know it may seem strange to link to another person's blog but check out those cards HERE.

      Next month's kit is called So Cool and it looks SOOOOO COOOOLLLL!  If you want that kit, click the image on the right navigation and sigh up for Paper Pumpkin by April 10th.

      I hope you are all getting a little creative time to yourselves and I'm grateful to have you on my creative journey.

      Have a craftastic day,

      Tuesday, March 16, 2021

      March 2021 Specials

      March is my favorite month of the year!  Not only does it have my birthday, my husband's birthday, St. Patrick's Day, and Spring Break, but it also has the start of Spring, baseball, and a little more "get outside and play" time for my kids so I can create in quiet.

      I just wanted to take today to share the March promotions happening for Stampin' Up!

      Butterfly Bouquet has Arrived

      This year my son asked for a pet butterfly for his seventh birthday.  He missed out on the butterfly unit at school when Covid-19 arrived so his grandma was more than happy to grant his wish and get him a butterfly garden.  If you want to treat the 7 year old in all of us to a little butterfly beauty, this may be the perfect suite for you.

      You can view all the products in this promotion HERE.

      Free Shipping

      St. Patrick's Day just got a little better.  For one day only, any orders of $50 or more will receive free shipping!  This is a great time to stock up on your adhesives, catch the 2019-2021 In Colors before they retire, or use it as an excuse to buy that thing you have been eying.  

      Remember that if you purchase the Hydrangea Haven bundle, you will get four cards in the mail to make for my April virtual class.  If you add the Hydrangea Hill DSP, you will receive instructions for a bonus project.

      Please use hostess code J42XDEKR when ordering via my ONLINE STORE (as long as your order doesn't make you your own hostess!)

      April Paper Pumpkin is SO COOL

      Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that includes everything you need for a great crafting experience.  These kits include instructions, ink, exclusive photopolymer stamps, and a project with die cuts and embellishments.  First time subscribers also receive a free acrylic block in their first kit. 

      This month's kit is SO COOL and was designed with KIDS in mind!  It is a great kit to do with your kids and grandkids as well as by yourself to bring you some joy that you pass onto those who are kids at heart.  These colorful cards will bring a rainbow of happiness to whoever receives them.  It includes supplies to make 12 fun-shaped cards with envelopes and coordinates with the Ice Cream Corner Suite in the JJ catalog. 

      The kit’s exclusive So Cool Stamp Set is versatile, offering sentiments that can be used for multiple occasions such as birthdays, congrats, cheer, and more! It’s a great addition to any crafter’s collection.

      Need more incentive?  Watch this great video that made me want to pack up my kids and take them straight to grandma's house.  

      Sign up HERE by April 10th to receive this great kit!

      Have a craftastic day,


      Friday, February 26, 2021

      February 2021 Paper Pumpkin - Bouquet of Hope

      One of the cards I always want to have on hand are sympathy cards.  No one ever wants to make one of these cards under pressure when you are overwhelmed by feelings of loss so I like to take a day and make a few each quarter just in case.  I'm happy that my stash was full before this month's Paper Pumpkin but it has even more beautiful cards to express my love for those that may need these cards in the future.

      Paper Pumpkin is a kit in the mail that customers can subscribe to from Stampin' Up!  It costs $22 plus tax (shipping included) and includes an exclusive photopolymer (clear) stamp set, a project with instructions and images, all the die cuts and pieces for the project, an ink spot, and adhesives.  All you provide is your credit card number for monthly billing, oh, and some scissors.  ;)

      The February kit was titled Bouquet of Hope.  It included supplies to make 9 standard sized cards, three each of three different designs.  These were two of the three cards that were included in the kit.

      The third card didn't really float my boat because I'm not a big fan of gold foil and I thought it was too focused on that image.  But one of the services I provide to my subscribers are alternate ideas that will help them make use of all the supplies in the box.  I came up with this design instead which features the gold doily as an accent instead of the focal point.

      After that, I was able to play around with my supplies as well as what was in the box to make these alternatives.  You can emboss, add coordinating inks from past kits, cut up the card bases to make layers on cards, and so much more.

      I like to try and give a little something extra to my subscribers because I really believe that it's an easy way to have some self-care time while also knocking a future "to do" off your list with birthdays and other occasions.  Besides a list of tips and tricks for the kit, this month my subscribers all received (or will shortly) 6 pieces of the Fields and Flowers DSP that is being offered during Sale-a-Bration. All the papers were cut at 4 x 6. Then I showed them in my monthly Paper Pumpkin Zoom session how to make the cuts on these cards using that paper.  I was skeptical before I got my kit on how these papers would work but I'm just tickled pink with the results.  And they are FAST to make.

      My two favorite tips with this kit - cut up th 

      Next month's kit is always special because March is the anniversary of when Paper Pumpkin started 8 years ago (and also my birthday month!)  To get in on that box and alternative ideas, please sign up by March 10th using the link below.

      I hope you are all doing well and hanging in there.  It has been a very long year for us all but I know that the sun will be back out soon and we won't always be 6ft or more apart.

      Take care,