Monday, December 29, 2014

CPC Floral Purse Card Set


This beautiful purse has a set of six cards with envelopes inside. There are two card designs, and they are both made with the Beautiful Bunch stamp set, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, and Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to coordinate with the purse. The purse is made with Coaster Board, and there are two pockets inside to hold three of each card design and envelopes. This would make a wonderful gift and a great card class.

This cute project was designed by Christy Fulk. Be sure to head over to Craft Project Central for another look at all the December projects. When you subscribe to December you will get the full detailed tutorials for each project, that is all ten projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

CPC Elegant Greeting Card Set & Box


Nothing makes a better present than a set of hand-made greeting cards. Make this elegant card set showcasing four different lay-outs, using the same stamp sets and same colors. Learn how to make your own striped paper using a stencil. The cards come in an envelope style box with its own decorative band. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.

This lovely project was created by Monika Davis. To get the full tutorial for this project head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to December. You will get all ten tutorials when you subscribe! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Than Just a Tag!

Sometimes you do not need wrapping paper to make a gift pretty! I was able to use one of the tags from the November Paper Pumpkin kit to make this gift festive! The letters to spell out joy were from a past kit, everything else was from the November kit. I wrapped the baker's twine around the box so it secured the box closed so there is no peeking! Quick and easy, don't forget to write a message on the back of the tag! 


I hope you will stop by the My Pumpkin Challenge for more inspiration! Feel free to share your creations there as well. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CPC Spiral Flowers & Polka Dots


This project uses an embroidery hoop to make a fun and easy work of art for your home. The coordinating card has a matching envelope with a unique twist on your “average” envelope. This trendy piece of art will put a smile on anybody’s face. It is so easy to make you will want to make two so you can keep one for yourself!

I am so excited to share this project I created as a Guest Designer for Craft Project Central this month! If you are interested in the tutorial for this project please head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of December. You will get all ten fabulous tutorials when you subscribe! Another way you can get all of the December tutorials is by heading over to Craft Project Central and leaving a comment on my project, that is it! One lucky winner will receive a FREE subscription for the month of December. I will announce the winner on December 31st! Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

CPC Ornament Tree


What if you had a tree base that you could decorate all year round?  This project features a unique and beautiful handmade sculpted tree.  In this tutorial you will learn how to create an armature using upcycled cardboard.  You will also learn how to color your Simply Pressed Clay to create realistic color for your tree. The set also includes instructions for four different types of mini ornaments you can decorate your tree with.  You might even choose to make customized ornaments for holidays throughout the year and change the look of your tree with the changing seasons.  Of course there are also instructions for a coordinating gift card so that you can gift these trees to friends and family for the holiday season.   You might even choose to spend an afternoon or evening making ornaments with them!

This creative project was designed by Michelle Wecksler. If you are interested in the full tutorial for this project and all the projects this month be sure to head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to December. There are so many fabulous projects designed each month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Craft Fair Newbie

I was in a craft fair last month and I thought I would share my experience. It is a great way to meet new people and show others the love you have for your business. I share a booth with my friend Rosalynda, I think we make a great team! She sews and makes, purses, make-up bags, bookmarks, coasters, quilts, etc.


Lots of time and preparation go into having enough inventory for your booth. Procrastination does not pay off. It takes lots of planning and many hours to get things done, which I knew, I just underestimated. Lesson Learned. I had many late night craft sessions the week leading up to the event. I will mention, I do have a full time job during the day and two active kids. I just need to plan better next time!

In the end, it all worked out and I was very happy. I think our booth was really cute and pleasing to the eye. We met lots of fabulous people. It was fun watching everyone smile and enjoy our creations. This was the second year we participated in this Craft Fair. I can't wait until next year!


Many of the items I used to display my goods were thrift store finds. I will slowly add more items as I find them. I stacked some small boxes in the vintage suitcase and then laid some fabric over them so I had the products at different levels. Another handy tool is my Square Reader so customers have the option to pay by credit card. It comes in very handy.


I tried to have a variety of items like cards, boxes, treat bags, gift card holders, and other small items that could go to co-workers, classmates or use as stocking stuffers.


A rare photograph of me! Photo cred to my honey.

Quick Tip: an empty Altoid Tin was the perfect size for my business cards. I was inspired by this one from kristanlynn.com.  Cute and easy to make and personalize.

Snacks and water are important in case you cannot step away for a long break. I give props to the coordinators at our event. They sent people around to see if you needed a break and they had a cart going around that sold water, pop and breakfast burritos. Make sure you have lots of change and small bills for cash sales.

I am by no means an expert, these are just a few things I have learned along the way! Do you have more tips or ideas to share? I would love to hear them for my next craft fair adventure!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CPC "Tote"ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set


Who doesn't love a fashionable tote?  Just in time for the new year, this project features an elegant tote and three sophisticated cards, all featuring gold accents & embellishments.  Think Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Foil sheets, Gold Glimmer papers, Gold Brushed cardstock, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, gold heat embossing, Gold Glitter, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Ink Pad for a faux gold look.  This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to coordinate all these wonderful products together for an amazing, perfectly finished look.  This project is easy to assemble but looks like you spent hours on it.  It's a perfect New Year's gift for that stylish and chic friend on your list!

This lovely project was created by Carol Lovenstein. Would you like to see the full tutorial for this project? Be sure to head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to December for all the tutorials this month! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holiday Paper Pumpkin alternative! 

I transformed my giant snowflake into a mini snowflake wreath this week. I used the same card base, but I cut off the snowflake flap from each side. I punched out a half scallop in the middle of each flap to make the little window for the Happy Holidays to peek through the wreath. Then I glued the snowflakes around the words, added a bow from my ribbon stash and some rhinestones. Quick and easy alternative for the November kit. 

We would love to see your creations. Be sure to share them at the My Pumpkin Challenge website. There are so many great ideas. I hope you are having fun with your Paper Pumpkin kits. Don't forget, they make wonderful gifts! You can purchase prepaid subscriptions. Click here for more information. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CPC Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set


This festive set of note cards makes a wonderful gift for teachers, college students, and anyone else who might enjoy sending a personalized note. The handsome display case holds six single-sided note cards plus six folded note cards, for a total of twelve cards in three different designs. Wrapped in cellophane and finished with a tag, the completed project is ready for gift giving. This monogrammed gift pack is great for a stamp camp, a class, or making a gift for a friend.

This fabulous project was created by Yapha Mason. To get the full tutorial for this and all the projects this month be sure to subscribe to December at Craft Project Central. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

CPC Gold & Silver New Year Party Ensemble


You will be ready to celebrate the New Year in style with this classic Gold and Silver New Year Party Ensemble! This fun and festive set features a banner, party hat, party blowers and a card/invitation! The banner will look fabulous hanging in your home anywhere you want to add some sparkle! You can create the decorative bottom edges of the banner pieces using the Labels Collection Framelits. The party hat can either be worn or used as a focal point in a centerpiece. And don’t forget party blowers! You can make them yourself to coordinate beautifully with your party décor. They are simple to put together and make any event a celebration! For the finishing touch, the matching card is perfect for invitations for your friends and family to come and ring in the New Year!

This sparkling project was created by Julie Warnick. To get the tutorial for this fabulous project be sure to subscribe to December! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CPC Snow Day Party


Unless you live near the equator – or Florida – you’re going to have snow in the winter.  It’s inevitable, so you might as well enjoy it and have a party!  Here are some fun – and “out of the box” - ways to use the Gift Box Punch Board and All Is Calm suite from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog to make party favor boxes and a basket of snow party refreshments.  Add a fun invitation and a sparkly snow banner using the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, and you’ll have the best party ever.  If you live in an area that doesn’t get much snow, or your party is in the spring or summer, it’s easy to switch it to a “no snow” or beach party just by changing the designer series paper and colors.

This festive idea was created by Buffy Cooper. To get the full tutorial for this project and many more, head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to December.

Quick & Easy Bottle Tags

In keeping with the theme this month, how about warming up next to your fireplace with a bottle of wine or cider? I actually do not have a fireplace so I will curl up under my cozy blanket and enjoy my beverage! This cute bottle tag is an easy way to gift a bottle of wine, cider or even soda!


I used the tag from the November kit, stamped snowflakes all over the tag, embellished it and adhered it to a piece of Real Red Card Stock using dimensionals to pop it up. I punched a circle at the top of the Card Stock to fit over the top of the bottle and scored it so could hang over the top. You can write a message on the back of the tag! For my sample I used a mini bottle of wine because they are so cute! 

I hope you will share your Paper Pumpkin creations over at the My Pumpkin Challenge! For more inspiration you can see what the Design Team has created this week. 

Thanks for stopping by!




Monday, December 8, 2014

CPC Under the Tree Window Treat Box & Money Holder


Fill this festive Window Treat Box with your favorite goodies for the perfect gift!  These boxes are easy to make, but sure to impress – and the window in the front adds just the right touch!  The coordinating money holder makes this ensemble the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

This lovely project was created by Laurie Zoellmer. You can get the full tutorial for this project and all the December projects when you subscribe to Craft Project Central.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CPC All is Calm Desk Accessories Gift Set


Get ready for the New Year by organizing your desk in fashion!! This compact and practical Calendar Easel sits atop a secret pull out drawer to store your note cards. Plus it folds flat if you needed to stow it away. The coordinating Pen Cup is an easy up-cycling project that is super fun to make! And when you buy the tutorial, you’ll see the super sweet and simple card that will make this the perfect gift set to give!

This cute gift set was created by Julie Beltramo. You can get the full tutorial for this and many more projects when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for December.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Challenge: Brr! It's Cold!

Let's start December with a new challenge over at the My Pumpkin Challenge! The last Paper Pumpkin kit was so adorable. I can't wait to see what everyone is making with it.

The Challenge this month is Brr! It's cold. I live in Colorado and it is usually really cold and snowy this time of year. Yesterday the temperature was 60 degrees. My son wore shorts to school. It does not feel like December yet! It is weird to see Christmas lights hanging with no snow. I don't think snow is even in the forecast in Denver. But, in the spirit of winter here is my sample this week! p.s. I am not complaining about the warmth, just noting that it is odd. ;)


I used one of the cute snowflake cards to make this hot cocoa treat. I cut one flap off the card (the end with half a snowflake). Then I used sticky tape to tape the sides of the remaining snowflake piece, to make a pocket for the hot cocoa packet. I stamped some snowflakes along the bottom and embellished the centers with rhinestones. Wrapped some of the pretty baker's twine (from the kit) around the packet and attached the candy cane too. I used a glue dot to adhere the silver snowflake. Stamped Merry Christmas at the top and added two more rhinestones. This project was fast and easy. This would make a perfect gift for a teacher or coworker.

I hope you will share your creations over at the My Pumpkin Challenge. Be sure to stop by for more inspiration!


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 1, 2014

CPC Monthly Memories Album!


Let’s face it . . . not every stamper is a scrapbooker, but we all have dates, events, activities, milestones, etc. that we’d like to record and remember.  This Monthly Memories Album, which can stand on its own, is comprised of pockets—one for each month—with at least one card in each pocket to record (with journaling and/or photos) special events.  Of course, photos and mementos can be included or attached to the front (and/or back) of each pocket.  The whole family can be involved recording a memory about something special for each month!  The handy gift bag features a really neat way to make sure the card doesn’t get lost or separated from the gift and, of course, there’s a gift box for the album!  This is an especially perfect gift for a New Year’s party hostess, or host your own party and give this ensemble to each of your guests!

This lovely project was created by Regina Andari. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for December. While you are there be sure to leave Regina a comment for the lovely project she created.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Farewell November

Here is my last sample for the November My Pumpkin Challenge! I hope you have been making fun projects with your Paper Pumpkin kits.


A cute little treat bag full of gold chocolate nuggets with a reminder that Holiday calories don't count! hehe. That stamp is my motto for the next month.

Be sure to share your creations at the My Pumpkin Challenge. Have you stopped over there recently? You should what the Design Team has been sharing this month. So many cute ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget, a new Challenge starts on Wednesday.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful For You

Hello there! I realized I never used this cute frame we got with our April Paper Pumpkin kits. I actually used many past kits on this project. I keep all my scraps and left over pieces in in a big folder so they are in one place. The My Pumpkin Challenge theme for this month is "Give it Pretty" so it worked out well to use this frame.

I thought about leaving the glass out of the frame so I could pop up some of the paper details, but I decided to put the glass back in the frame just in case I wanted to use it as a note board with a dry erase marker. I think it would be cute to leave little notes to my kids at the bottom.


What have you been making? Please be sure to share your Paper Pumpkin creations over at the My Pumpkin Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Challenge: Give it Pretty

Hello time travelers. Just kidding. It just feels like we are time travelling right? Where has 2014 gone? I must have blinked because October was a blur and we are fast approaching December! Yikes. Well, I am pretty sure I took some picture along the way so I will go back and reminisce.

The November Challenge is here! I hope you have had to chance to head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge for some lovely ideas and inspiration. Here is my sample this week. Below is a close-up.


I wanted to make my apothecary vase pretty for Thanksgiving so I used my Paper Pumpkin kit to add some flair to it. I added a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock under the "thanks" to make it pop, everything else is from my Paper Pumpkin kits.

Now this will sit atop my piano all dolled for fall! 

Have you had a chance to play with your latest Paper Pumpkin kit? I hope you will share your creations with us at the My Pumpkin Challenge! Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Giveaway

Are you a fan of Project Life? I am sure by now you have heard that Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins on her Project Life line of products. Check out the videos below for more information about this collection. It is a fun and simple way to preserve your memories!






Are you ready for the giveaway?

ONE lucky winner will win a complete Project Life by Stampin' Up! prize pack including every product available in the product line! You could also win one of 100 Project Life by Stampin' Up Card & Accessory Packs. CLICK HERE to enter.

Don't miss out on this great giveaway!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last of Sweets & Treats!

This is the last week of Sweet & Treats over at the My Pumpkin Challenge! I hope you will stop by to see what everyone has been creating. Need some new ideas? We have them. The Design Team plus many lovely ladies have linked up their creations, click here and scroll to the bottom to see them all!  While you are there, share your creations! We would love to see them.


Do you remember that cute box from a few kits back? I punched out a circle in the middle of the lid, cut back the inner flaps, stamped "Boo" on a window sheet, added some embellishments and added some candy. Boom! It is done.

I usually have extras from all the Paper Pumpkin kits! I save them all together so I can use them on different projects. The Paper Pumpkin kits make it so easy to create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweet Treats Part IIII

Not in the mood for Halloween? You can change up your Paper Pumpkin kits to any theme you want! I think the polka dot burlap bags are so cute. Why not use those bags to make a little birthday treat bag for someone special?


I cut the top flap across the entire bag so I could unravel the top of the bag for a frayed look. I used Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine that I had on hand (not part of the kit) to stitch through the top of the bag. It was a basic stitch, I am no seamstress! I also had leftover tags and banners from a previous kit so I stamped those with stamps from previous kits in Strawberry Slush ink. I really like the black polka dots with the Strawberry Slush embellishments.

For more Paper Pumpkin inspiration please head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge! See what others have been making this month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Treasure

Ahoy matey! I changed up my Paper Pumpkin this week into a cute little treasure theme, perfect for a pirate party! The gold foil wrapped chocolate coin inspired me! Fill up your burlap bag with the chocolate, add a little pretend map and notes then wrap up the bag like a pouch. This would make the perfect little party favors for your lil pirates!

X marks the spot! I used a lighter/flame to lightly burn the edges of one of the tags from the kit so the little map looks distressed and piratey. (I made that word up)

I have been having so much fun with this kit. What have you been making? Be sure to visit the My Pumpkin Challenge for inspiration and to share your creations. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Creative Hop!

Hello friends! I was tagged by my dear friend, Jessica, to participate in the Creative Hop. Jessica is the lovely author of the blog Stamp a Blessing, and the founder of the My Pumpkin Challenge (of which I am lucky enough to be part of her team). Have you heard of the Creative Hop? No? It is a way for us to tell you a little about ourselves and make some new friends as we go. You can see Jessica's post here with her answers to the questions.

Now, it is my turn.


What am I working on now?

I am always working on the Paper Pumpkin Challenge, of course. I love to come up with new ideas and alternatives with the Paper Pumpkin kits. I am also working on samples and projects for upcoming classes. Currently, my biggest project is preparing for the Columbine Craft Fair. I share a booth with my friend Rosalynda, and I am in the process of creating goodies to sell at that event. I will be sharing some of my projects in the next few weeks.

How does my work differ than others in my genre?

Hmm, I am not sure my work differs from others entirely. I do try to keep others in mind when I create something. Sometimes people can be intimidated by all the beautiful cards and projects they see. I want everyone to know they can make it too! They can go home, pull out their supplies and recreate what we made in class or what they see on my blog.  I enjoy teaching others that they can express their creativity too.

Why do I create what I do?

To make pretty things of course! Whether it is a card or a gift for someone, I really enjoy adding a personal touch. I have always loved being creative. Drawing, painting, embroidery and friendship bracelets were my first projects, when I was a wee lass. As I got older I moved onto scrapbooking, which I still love to do. Then, about 12 years ago, I was introduced to Stampin' Up and I have been hooked ever since. Being creative makes me happy.

My mom is another source of inspiration for me. She is the most creative person I know, she has shown me the way. She works magic with anything artsy-craftsy. I am so lucky I was able to watch and learn. 

How does my creative process work?

It usually begins when my kids go to bed. That is when I am able to unwind and play with my toys, which gives me a burst of night-time energy, like a double-shot espresso pumped directly into my brain. Sometimes I get inspired by something I have seen on Pinterest or on another blog and I want to recreate it. Other times I never know what I will make. I might pull out a stamp set and let my creative juices take over, improvising my next creation. Hosting classes in my home each month also motivates me to create fresh new projects.

Tag......you're it!

I am tagging my friend Amy Taylor at Just a Little Ink. She is part of our Stampin' Up team in Denver. I have known her since I first became a demonstrator. She always makes awesome cards for our swaps. Be sure to stop by and see what Amy is making. 

I am also tagging the talented Amanda Corbet over at Krafting Kreations. I have been a big fan of Amanda's kreations for a long time. I was lucky enough to work with her last month over at Craft Project Central. Be sure to visit her blog, you will leave inspired!

I can't wait to check out their blogs next Monday to see their responses for the Creative Hop!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweets & Treats Part II

Hello! Are you looking for some Paper Pumpkin inspiration? Then you have stopped by the right place. We gotcha covered. Each week the Design Team at the My Pumpkin Challenge shares their creations on ways to change up the Paper Pumpkin kits. Then, you are invited to share your creations. We love to see what you are making. Be sure to head to the My Pumpkin Challenge today.


The Challenge this month is Sweets & Treats! You can see my sample above. I used one of the striped boxes from a previous kit, then using the September kit, wrapped some of the black twine around it, added a tag stamped with Boo and orange sequin ribbon for a cute treat box. Fill that up with some candy and you are good to go!


Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

And the Winner is.....

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who left kind comments on my project for Craft Project Central. I truly appreciate it. As I mentioned in my post here one lucky winner would win a FREE subscription for the month of September at Craft Project Central. I used an online Random Name Picker to choose a winner and the winner is: Jessica! Jessica, please check your email for details. Congratulations!

Have you fallen in love with the Holiday Catalog yet? I have and I can tell you my wish list is long! So far, one of my favorite items is the Gift Box Punch Board (135863) on page 5. We had a chance to play with it at my September classes. I think it was a big hit! Within just a few minutes we created gift boxes. Did you know that no adhesive is necessary to assemble your box? I know this tool will come in handy with the holidays around the corner.



What is your favorite item from the Holiday Catalog? I would love to know what you have had fun playing with. Do you need a catalog, let me know and I will send one your way!

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sweets & Treats Challenge

It is October. It is so weird to type. It seems so soon. I feel like when October rolls around the rest of the year flies by. I need to stop and enjoy each day, mentally I am already preparing for Christmas, but physically I will plan to enjoy the beautiful fall season in Colorado.

This month over at the My Pumpkin Challenge the theme is Sweets & Treats, so perfect for the September Paper Pumpkin kits! Don't forget, we want to see what you are creating. Head over to the My Pumpkin Challenge and link your samples. Have questions about how to link up? Don't be shy, ask away. I would love to help you.

Here is my sample for this week.


Yep, I cut and trimmed the cute lil burlap bag apart to make my own "ribbon." I used some basic black card stock and tangelo twist card stock to make this spooktacular card! Using items I have on hand is a fun alternative for the Paper Pumpkin kits. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft Project Central: Fall Fest Card Box Set


Summer is just about over, and it’s time to be thinking about Fall. This card set is centered on the Fall season, and the box is made with the Gift Box Punch Board. There are six cards in this set, along with matching envelopes made with the Envelope Punch Board. This box set would make a great gift, and would also make a great card class.

This adorable project was created by Christy Fulk. You can get the full tutorial for this project when you subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. While you are there, be sure to leave Christy a comment for the great project she created.

Creating Pretty Cards #39

I am so excited to participate in my first sketch challenge! It is a monthly card challenge called Creating Pretty Cards hosted by Craft Project Central. Here is the sketch for this month to use as inspiration. Today is the deadline for the September Challenge so I am cutting it close!

CPC39

Here is what I created based off the sketch!


It was a fun way to get my creative juices flowing. I was so happy to finally use the Typeset Specialty DSP, it was fun to work with and it coordinates with so many things. Thanks for stopping by!



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