Here’s what has been going on

Here’s what has been going on in my life lately. I try to be Live on Facebook every Tuesday at 3 pm so I can give you news updates and cool new/old technique. I like to post the card info here so you can have all the measurements. Well, I got a call from my web hosting company stating that Google is shutting out bloggers without security on their site. So I listen to what they have to say and it makes sense. I don’t sell anything here on this site, but if it makes y’all feel better and safer, I went with it and purchased the security package.

Let me tell you, this has been one of the most difficult things to get completed. First, they were way over my head with technical jargon (I used to do tech support too). Then there was the whole thing about having an email address that is more professional and where the information they were sending was going – – I didn’t have it set up yet! I already have an Office 365 subscription, evidently, theirs is a separate subscription and it is free for a year. Well, they said that all the emails were going to the default email that I signed up the site with, but they definitely weren’t going there. I finally got the email set up through them (had to pay to have that done too)…y’all will get that new email address at a later date. Then to complete the SSL (security) install, more technical jargon. They said it would be easy for me to do it, but I had no clue what they were talking about! I finally paid to have that done. well, that took 4 days to get done because there was so much editing on my site. Today I woke up today and see that my site is finally secure! So feel safe everyone!

The next few days will have me updating some tutorials and videos to post here. Thank you for being so patient with me and visiting my page to see what’s happening.

Keep on Crafting y’all!

Bird Ballad Fancy Fold card

bird ballad

Wow, what a challenge it was to get this video made & uploaded! The Bird Ballad suite is one of my favorites, but technology is a bit challenging lately. My editing software isn’t working correctly, so this video is completely unedited and showing sideways for some reason. There is no audio, but I have all the measurements right here. The video is below for you to follow along. So, without further ado!

Thick Whisper White card base is 5 1/2″x6 7/8″ scored at 2 5/8″ on the left and a 3 1/2″ square piece scored at 1/2″. adhere the 3 1/2″ square to the card base on the right side at the middle. Bird Ballad DSP is 5 1/4″x 2 3/8″ for the left panel and 2 1/2″ square for the small panel on the right, both adhere with snail. I have some scrap Old Olive for the sprigs I punched out to embellish with. I used scrap whisper white (ww) and pool party for my sentiment label. I punched using the Everyday Label punch. Cut the Pool Party label in half and adhere to the ww label with the sentiment on it, apply two dimensionals and set aside. You need ww 5″x3″ for the birds on a branch and stamp them with Early Espresso ink, then color them with your Stampin’ Blends.after all the coloring is complete, fussy cut the image out and place a few dimensionals across the back to the right side (this overlaps the left and you do not want adhesive there). Adhere your sentiment label centered on the lower-left panel, then adhere your birds on a branch above it. Next, embellish the flower centers with pearls and you’re done!

See, Easy Peasy! Looks complicated, but it really isn’t.

Keep on creating,

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Technique Tuesday

Technique Tuesday

Hello everyone, here are the instructions for the June 18th Technique Tuesday cards.  I hope you enjoyed the Live cast (sorry about the audio).  If you didn’t see it LIVE, it is on replay on my business page and YouTube.  You can make this a regular sized card with a few adjustments to the cuts.  This card is 5 ½”x5 ½” so it will require extra postage since it can’t go through the mailing machines.

This is a Pop-out Swing card:

  • Card base (your choice of card stock) is 11”x 5 ½” scored at 5 ½” on the long side
  • The inner panel, Whisper White, is 7 ½”x 5 ¼” scored at 2 ½” & 5” on the long side
  • Tab, Whisper White or card stock color, is ¾”x 5” cut in half to equal 3/8” each, folded at 2 ½” on the long side
  • Whisper White 3 ½”x3 ½”
  • Designer Series Paper of your choice 5 ½”x 5 ½”
  • See Supplies list below for details


  • Adhere your DSP to the front of the card base and make sure no tape in the center
  • Once the DSP adheres, use square dies to cut out the center or off-center.  Save the card stock and put the square DSP for another project
  • on the 3 ½”x3 ½” Whisper White – stamp your images and/or sentiment.  Adhere it to the square cut out from card base
  • Fold the inner panel in a Z pattern
  • Adhere the inner panel to the right, inside of the card base
  • Close card base over the Z-fold inner panel (should see half the card base and half the inner-panel) and apply adhesive to the exposed inner panel then set square cutout (with images) to the inset.
  • Open the card and lay Z-fold out flat to the right.  You will adhere the tabs at the top & bottom of the Z-fold (not on the square cutout).
  • Fold Tabs in half to align with the edge of the Z-fold, then open them and flip the z-fold back to the inside of the card base.  Apply adhesive to the tabs and close the card base over them.

Thank you for checking out my fancy fold card. See you back here again I hope for more fun card making and scrapbooking ideas & tutorials.

Get your craft on!


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It takes a year!

Why is all your own home projects take so long? It takes a year! Really it does.

I have been working on a remodel of one of our bathrooms. Thank goodness we have 3! We started June of 2018, took a road trip after the demo, and I can’t remember anything else after that. Seriously, I can’t. Here we are June 2019 and the project is almost complete. Almost! My hubby and I both do the demo, he does all the electrical & plumbing (unless we are required to have a plumber) and I do all the finish stuff. So I paint & lay and hang all the tile, grout it and finish it off. I will install all the baseboards and do any touch-up painting needed. He will install the toilet & vanity.

These are some of the photos of the process. I am hoping to finish the grouting tomorrow. Today, I grouted the entire shower stall walls, it was a lot to complete before the grout turned into a rock!

After I finish the shower pan & floor, I have to clean up the craft room and get ready for my 2019-2020 catalog launch party on Friday & Saturday. I have a very busy week ahead, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Keep on stampin’ folks!

June equals new catalog launch

June equals new catalog launch! Yep, that’s right, the 2019-202 Annual Catalog has launched and there are so many new and beautiful things in there.

June Host Code 79XASCDB…mystery host this month. All online orders using this host code will be in the drawing for host rewards accumulated. I will post the winner June 28th, closing the order June 30th.

I will have a catalog launch class on Friday, June 14th @ 6pm-8pm and Saturday, June 15th 11am-1pm. This class is FREE, you will make 2 cards with the new product. Best of all you will have access to see and touch many of the new products in the catalog. Check out the event on my Facebook business page and reserve your spot now.

Get your craft on!

Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

You can use Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine you want!  That’s right use a Big Shot, Cuttle Bug, Gemini, Spellbinder, or Vagabond to name a few.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying the Big Shot in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, and yes, it is sad.  But it opens a whole new world for us demonstrators. 

Think about your clients that are fighting arthritis, carpel tunnel, or tendonitis, etc.  You can recommend an electric machine like the Vagabond or Gemini.  For those clients with limited space, there is the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr. 

Most of our dies and embossing folders work in any one of the above and many more Die Cutting Machines.  I know that all of our dies will work in any one of the machines listed.  We have a few embossing folders that are too big for the Cuttle Bug and Gemini jr., but there are other ways to work with those folders. 

If you have a folder too big for the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr., you can use a rolling pin (like you roll dough with) to emboss your card stock!  It take a little muscle, but it can be done.  Personally, I would try to find a marble or granite rolling pin, they have the weight, to make it easier on the muscles!

So, there you have it, alternate ideas to die cutting and embossing! 

Get your craft on!


Always Learning Always Growing

I was checking out some info on my support Facebook page the other day and came across an interesting LIVE video. These lovely European demonstrators were doing a live video in three languages! English, French & German. I watched and learned a new technique! Always Learning Always Growing…that is a great motto.

So here’s what I learned. To give your images some depth, use your stampin’ write markers or daubers. I took their information and passed it along in my Live FB Technique Tuesday video.

Basically, ink your image in the lightest color, then use your markers or daubers to dot in more colors to the image. In this case, I used Lovely as a Tree and Rooted in Nature trees. Lovely as a Tree is being retired after 30 years of service in our annual catalog. That is almost as long as the company has been around (31 yrs). Rooted in Nature will be taking the place for your basic tree needs and hopefully will be around for a very long time as well. both sets are wonderfully versatile, seasonal and scenery use.

Check out my video and here are the measurements I used for the two cards. See the list of supplies below.

card bases are 8 1/2″x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, the designer paper is 5 1/4″x4″ & 1″x5 1/4″ and the whisper white card stock is 4″x2 3/4″ for the front and 5 1/4″x4 for the inside.

Thanks for watching & get your stamp on!


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Wreath Cards

  • Stamparatus       wreath template              stamp set of your choice              stampin’ write markers
  • whisper white card stock (WW)             cardstock of your choice for card base    dimensionals/snail
  • any embellishment of your choice (rhinestone/pearls/faceted)     washi tape          punches of your choice

cut WW to 4”x4” to fit the wreath template
place template into Stamparatus and secure with washi tape
place 4”x4” WW into template and secure with magnet

The greatness of the Wreath Template is that it makes it so easy to create a beautiful & symmetrical image. With the template, you will place your 4×4 card in the square, stamp your image and rotate one corner to your left or right. The direction you rotate is up to you, but you will continue in that direction to create the finished product. In the photo above, I used my Stampin’ Write markers, but you can just as easily use regular ink pads.

You will use the stampin’ write markers to color your stamps if you want a colorful image as in the example above. Here is the video I made showing how to use the templates with your Stamparatus.

On your first wreath, you will place the first stamp on the card where you want it. Make sure it will not go over the edge, if you don’t want it to, continue around (close Stamparatus plate to secure the stamp).  Place subsequent stamps on the card, continue around, (flip Stamparatus plates if necessary) to continue with 3rd & 4th stamps.

Now that all stamps are on the plates where you want them, you can stamp all images then turn then continue around in one rotation to complete the rest of your cards.

now that all 4″x4″ cards are completed, you can now place them on your card base, centered or at top or bottom with snail or dimensionals.  these cards are very versatile.

you can use a full card front in the wreath template as well and do your design in an offset mode.  Just make sure to place the same corner of card front into the next turn of the template each to time to ensure placement is correct to create the wreath.

Get your stamp on!

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Where have I been

It seems that the harder I try the further behind I get!   Where have I been?   It’s not that hard to write a note, show a picture of what I’ve been up to, and include the ingredients to the projects.

So, here goes…I have been going crazy trying to accomplish too much in too short a time and not getting anything finished.  That’s where I’ve been.   I gutted my spare bathroom last June, it is still unfinished!  I have the 2 end walls to cut tile for, then grout everything. After that it is install the toilet and vanity…. why is it taking so long?   Well after we gutted, we traveled for 14 days, then weather and the holidays and life got in the way.  So here I sit with not very much left to complete that project, but now it’s tax time.

In between all this I have been trying to run a crafting business.  This has been a difficult thing to accomplish this past 16 months.   Why you ask, will a few of my clients have become ill and had to take a hiatus and a few are just taking a break and using up what they already have.   I have had a few new clients too.  I am venturing into another realm of crafting with my cricut as well as paper crafting with my Stampin’ Up! supplies.

My goal is to complete my taxes this week so  I can complete the bathroom in April.  We are traveling the first week if April, that is why I need to get the taxes done quickly.  Hopefully I will get my act together and have some actual crafting on this blog the next time you hear from me… which will be more regularly.

My goals for 2019: taxes complete, bathroom complete, blog once a week, craft classes twice a month and newsletter twice a month.

See you soon with a fun project, in the mean time here are some simple cards that I was inspired by another demonstrator.


Go get your craft on!

Perennial Birthday

Perennial Birthday stamp set is so awesome!  I am trying to focus on the beginner & casual stamper right now and this set is perfect for that.  Check out this birthday card.  I CASE’d (Copy and Share with Everyone) this from Pinterest and bumped it for the casual stamper as well.



I used Thick Whisper White card stock as my card base (8 1/2″x5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″) and my stampin’ write 2018-20 In-color markers to color the stamps.  Very simple stamping.  Did you know that you could color on the stamp itself with different markers?  All you have to do after you get everything colored is huff on the stamp (to reactivate the ink) and press to paper.  Paper, ink, and stamp set and some Post-it paper!  #simplestamping


I stepped it up for the casual stamper by adding some rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.  You could even add a little Wink of Stella to glitz up the flowers.

I stamped my sentiment where I wanted it on the front of the card, then used the Post-It paper to cover it (so it had a straight line top & bottom).  I took three different stamps from the Perennial Birthday Stamp set and stamped diagonally across the card front.  I used one stamp at a time – colored with the markers, huffed (blow warm air) and stamped.  I filled in some of the white space with the smaller flowers.  You still need to leave a little white space for pleasing the eye.

Go ahead, CASE this yourself and make a dozen or so, so you are ready for that next birthday!

Get your craft on!
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