Signs of Fall


Have you seen these cute swirls used to make pumpkins?  I have been using them this way on cards, but I also love this little favor that I CASEd from Anita Haines.


A small tray between the pumpkins holds the treat.  My tray started as a 3″ x 4″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, scored 1″ from each edge, and folded to make a box bottom.  You can make this tray wider, and I probably should have done that here to hold more Reese’s 🙂

We made these little pumpkin favors in club this weekend, and one of the gals suggested that this would be a cute design in reds to make an apple!!  So thank you Meghan, I love that idea!!


These are made with Real Red and Cherry Cobbler.  The greeting is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin.  Aren’t they super-cute?  So what is in these?


The one on the left holds a mini hand sanitizer, also suggested by Meghan.  Can you guess what Meghan’s profession is?  Apples, hand sanitzier…you guessed it, she is a teacher!

The other apple is stuffed with three regular-sized Ghirardelli squares.

Have a great Monday!


Sweet Home


The Home Sweet Home Thinlits make a cute 3D box, but along with the coordinating “Sweet Home” stamps, they make pieces that are great for cards, too.  I used this bundle yesterday for a Halloween card (below), but look how different the house looks with Fruit Stand papers and colors.


I see so many possibilities with all of the cute pieces that make up this bundle – and not just for the holidays.

Have a great weekend!


A Haunted House


I was feeling like something spooky for this sketch challenge…


…and there is so much great stuff for Halloween in the Holiday Catalog, so it was easy!  I used the Halloween Night designer paper collection in the background and the Sweet Home bundle for the house.  I CASEd the house from a card my upline Mindy Gray sent me.  Don’t you just love the sponged vellum windows?  When I saw this house on her card, I had to have the bundle!

Thanks for checking out my challenge card!  Please visit Create with Connie and Mary to see all of the cards created by my talented teammates, as well as the entries.  Hope you’ll be inspired to play along!


A Little Sunshine


This color combination has been on my “must CASE” list since early in the summer, when I received the card below in a swap.  The colors are Pear Pizzaz, Crushed Curry, and Watermelon Wonder.


This card was made by Amy Combs, and both use “Sunshine Sayings” and the coordinating thinlits.  Amy’s beautiful card used the Petal Burst textured impressions embossing folder, while I have used the Pretty Paisleys folder from the Holiday Catalog.


The Sunshine Sayings bundle was at the top of my Wish List when the annual catalog went live in June.  I have used the traditional greetings in this set over and over, but it is also great for creating special greetings.  Take a look at the stamps and thinlits below, and you can see the possibilities!

Don’t forget to check out the updated Clearance Rack and Special Offers in the Store.  Click here to shop – the specials are choices at the top of the left column.

Have a great day!


A Herd of Moose and One Happy Dog

In this blog entry, these are two very separate things.  Let’s start with the herd of moose…


If you make swaps, you know there is no prettier sight than finished swaps!  I used the moose from “Jolly Friends” for this fun card.


“Labeler Alphabet” gives you the ability to create your own greeting, so why not this?   Doesn’t it just go with a moose in a Santa hat?  The mistletoe and bow are from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

And now to the happy dog…


Chip had a birthday last week – he hit double digits, 10 years old!  The party just wasn’t the same this year now that both of his girls are away, but he did have his traditional “pupcake”, frosted with peanut butter.

Don’t forget to check out the updated Clearance Rack and Special Offers in the Store.  Click here to shop – the specials are choices at the top of the left column.

Thanks for stopping by today – have a great Monday!


Joyful Nativity in Two Color Schemes


The original version of my card was made for this color challenge.


I used “Joyful Nativity” and “Totally Trees” with a bit of designer paper from the Presents & Pinecones collection.


For fun, I also made a Night of Navy version.  I was pretty sure I would like the design better in Night of Navy, but I actually think the trees show up better on the Emerald cardstock.  Color challenges are great for this kind of experimenting.

Thank you for checking out my card.  Please visit Create with Connie and Mary to see all of the cards created by my talented teammates, as well as the entries.  Hope you’ll be inspired to play along!


Designer Paper Note Card Folder


I have been making these note card folders all summer with various papers after I saw the idea on Rachel Tessman’s blog.  We made this version in club last month.


These little totes open to reveal a pocket for note cards and envelopes.


We used papers from the Floral Boutique collection with Flirty Flamingo cardstock and stamped flowers.  The greeting and flowers are from “Perfectly Wrapped”.  The large flower on the outside of the folder is from “Crazy about You”.

I promised my club members video directions because it was too hard to write up directions or to show them in pictures.  I remade the project using some of our new holiday products below, and the video shows this version.


The designer paper is from the Presents & Pinecones collection.


I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock as an accent, and I simply decorated the flap with Mini Striped ribbon and a Mini Pinecone embellishment.


Here’s another look at how this folder opens.


You can see the empty pocket here – I always love it when a project also shows off the coordinating reverse side of the paper!


And here’s a better look at the notecards I made for this project, using the stamp set “Christmas Pines”.  The video below includes complete directions.

Thanks for stopping by!  The products used on the Christmas version are shown in the carousel below.  Also, if you missed it yesterday…items have been added to the Clearance Rack, so it is a great time to shop!


Fall Sampler


Here’s a look at the Fall Sampler we made in classes last week.  It uses the Petals & Paisleys designer series paper from our 2016 Holiday catalog.  These papers deliver expected fall colors along with gorgeous copper details.  The collection also includes some beautiful unexpected accent colors – like Mint Macaron.  The result is striking!

If you are local, this class will be offered again on Thursday, September 22 at noon and 7pm.  Please contact me to register.

If you are in the mood to shop, Stampin’ Up! added to the Clearance Rack today.  Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.  I will submit an order this evening.  Please contact me by 5 pm if you would like me to include anything for you.  I cannot promise that those items will still be available at 5 pm – if you want to be sure to get your items, click here to go to the Online store now.  Orders placed in the Online Store will ship directly to you.


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