Sunday, March 31, 2013


HAPPY EASTER and hopefully Spring is on it's way.  Up here in Cadillac we still have snow on the ground, the lakes are totally frozen, and the ski hills are still open. But Spring is in the air.

Here is a cute bunny card we made at a customer's workshop.  Book your workshop for April and invite some friends over for a fun time.

April classes
April 4 - Big Time Fun
April 15 - Scrapbook Class
April 30 - Technique Tuesday

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Well it sure isn't feeling or looking like spring here in Northern Michigan.  Over a foot of snow on the ground, high temps in the 30's and the lakes are frozen solid enough to drive your snowmobile or vehicle on them.  Hurry spring and get here!!!

Only 3 classes in April.  I hope you will attend one or two.  Happy Easter.   Here is a cute card we made at a class this month.

BIG TIME FUN – Thur, April 4, 7 pm
Come create 3 projects and/or cards using Big Shot dies, folders, sizzlits and more. Cost of the class is $10.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  RSVP by April 1.

SCRAPBOOKING CLASS – Mon, April 15, 7 pm
Tonight you will make a 2 page, 12x12 scrapbook layout designed around the season, holiday or occasion.  Cost is $10 for the class.  A 12x12 page protector is included with the class.  RSVP by April 11.

TECHNIQUE CLASS – Tue, April 30, 7 pm
Techniques are back for the year.  You will learn 2 techniques tonight.  You will make a technique sheet to put in a book and a card using the technique.  Cost of the class is $10.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  RSVP by April 26.

This was a technique we did in March - pleated paper.  Join us for some fun techniques.

Reminder – If you RSVP for a class and cannot attend, you are still responsible for payment.  Product and/or projects will be available for you to pick up.  Payment is due with your RSVP.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Remarkable 25th Anniversary Blog Tour

This month's featured 25th Anniversary stamp set is -- BEST OF LOVE.

So many cute words in this set with a beautiful floral heart.  You can do cards from funny, to love, to wedding.  So many options.  My sample this month only uses 2 stamps from the set, but wanted to show you a neat trick with the Petite Pennants Builder punch.

 So how I made the design at the bottom was to run a piece of Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant through the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Punch out 8 of the small pennants from the Elegant Eggplant cs.  Now place them end to end on the Melon Mambo card stock aligning the wide end to the edge of the Melon Mambo and matching the points in the center.  The Melon Mambo card stock is 4" x 2 3/4".  Then put a rhinestone or mini silver brad at the tip of each to give it a little bling.
Product used:  Old Olive, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White cardstocks and Brights Collection DSP.  Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant ink  Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Labels Collection Framelits an Melon Mambo 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon.

Enjoy the blog tour.  Next month we will feature another of the 25th Anniversary Stamp Sets.I hope you enjoyed my little trick with the Petite Pennants Builder punch.  I always like to learn new ways to use a punch.  Leave a comment.  Click on the button below to go to Susan Carlson's blog.

If you get lost - here is a listing of all the participants on this blog tour. 

Monday, March 11, 2013


Ladies - just a couple of reminders so you don't miss out.  There is so much happening at Stampin' Up! that it's hard for me to keep up with it on my blog and website.  So here is a quick email with some links so you can check it all out for yourself. 

1.  Paper Pumpkin - a monthly kit of stamps, ink paper and ideas to make some great projects.  Everything is cut and directions are included.  $19.95/month and it is shipped right to your door.  If you subscribe and live in the Cadillac area, I will hold a monthly class so we can all do it together or you can do it on your own.  Order TODAY!!!!  Here is the link

2.  Sale-a-Bration ends March 22.  Don't miss out on some FREE product for every $50 ordered (before s/h and tax).  Once a year event.

3.  Best of 25 Years Monthly Stamp Set - still available until March 31 is "Best of Birthdays" and "Best of Love".  Available now is "Best of Flowers".  Purchase 6 of these and send in the coupon to receive a free $14.95 stamp set of your choice.

4.  NEW NEW NEW - PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET.  This is truly "clear" stamp set.  $13.95 for the Desigern Typeset stamp.  Check out my website under the "Promotions" tab

5.  So much to mention - check out my website above and check under the Promotions tab, "Products" tab, "Shop Now" tab.  Or email, call or facebook me with any questions.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Remakable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour

For March our featured stamp set is Ciao Baby from the Spring Mini.  Love love love the small little designs that can combined together, featured separately or combined with some other designs.  I have created 3 cards that I hope you will enjoy.  The first one is a quick, easy workshop card.  It could be sent to anyone for their birthday or special day.
Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit and Print Poetry DSP pack   
Simple design and used 3 of the 7 stamps in the Ciao Baby stamp set.  Also used the Petite Curly Label punch only available through SAB (March 22) and the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch from the Spring Mini.  Get these punches and stamp sets while you can.

My next card design actually came from the SU Online Class that can be purchased.  It came from the Big Shot section and turned out really cute.

Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Whisper White and Twitterpated DSP
This card is 3x6".  The 3 hearts are created by running them through the Big Shot with the Hearts a Flutter Framelit.  The hearts are stamped on the white cs with Primrose Pink, Summer Starfruit and Baja Breeze.  I used the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and the Ciao Baby stamp set.  Here Ciao Baby is combined with a different design (Hearts a Flutter).

My last card that I'm featuring also pulls some of SAB products and Spring Mini items.  I've been wanting to try our the new Pinwheel Sizzlit.  So cute when you cut it from DSP.  Here I used Sycamore Street DSP, Ribbon and Buttons from SAB.  I ran only part of the card through the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (also from SAB).  Also used the Oh Hello Stamp Set from the Spring Mini.  I tied in Island Indigo, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Tangerine Tango ink to pull all the colors together.
Tangerine Tango, Whisper White and Sycamore Street DSP.
Well this has been fun.  I hope you have picked up some new ideas and uses for SAB and the Spring Mini products.  Get them while you can. Now hop on over to Susan Carlson's blog to see what she has created with Ciao Baby stamp set.  Stop back often for more ideas and creativity.  Hit the image below.