Flowers everywhere !!

I got to celebrate spring in winter!

Paper Pumpkin has done it again … taking me to my escape, away from this cold weather. Brrrr!

If you didn’t see the sneak peek earlier this month then you will have to check out the February kit.

This kit has cuteness written all over it. I really find the colorful contrast of colors pleasing to my eye. Maybe it’s just me being super excited about spring and flowers, but I find this kit uplifting. Whee!

And as always, each kit comes with a stamp set for you to keep forever and ever. This just about rounds out the happy greetings I would want to include in a card for a friend.

If you like what you see and think you want to have a mental break each month, then you are in luck because Paper Pumpkin is still offering their special deal on pre-paid subscriptions to earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item.

Contact me for your own hostess code today! 🙂

Refurbish your storage space!

Where do you store all of your stamp sets? Are they on a shelf? Are they in containers? Mine are in a restored china cabinet. 
I scored this cabinet from a very good friend (thanks friend!) … I really wish I took a “before” photo. Just imagine it in all one light-wood color with doors on the top part. Anyway, since our move this past summer, I have designated a spare room to my craft space. YAY! 
I really wanted something to store my stamp sets in so that I could easily see what they are … this is the key to using them more often, knowing what you have, right!?

I had never tried chalk paint before so I was dying to give it a whirl. I dismantled and sanded the whole piece down, then went-to-town staining what you see in the picture. Then came the chalk paint! It was quite easy to do, I put one coat on and it stuck without problems.

I wanted to give it the “country” look so I removed the wooden panels that enclosed the bottom doors and replaced them with chicken wire. I thought the silver look of the chicken wire was too contrasting with the theme I was trying for, so I spray painted them black.

I also decided to keep the doors on the top off of the piece so that I could easily see the stamp sets I have or later on add different shelving bins.

I also added these cute little knobs to the doors to add a little more charm.

Here it is, the final reveal! I am quite happy with how it turned out!

Check back for more “renovations” to the craft space at a later date.

Weekly deals and Sale-a-bration!

Did you know that the Weekly Deals change every Tuesday?

Today the fast fuse refill is 45% off for all demonstrators! If you are titled at Bronze Elite or above, your discount is 50% off! The math is 20% instant income (25% for Bronze Elite) and then 25% off as a Weekly Deal. For more information about how to become a demonstrator, earn MORE than usual through Sale-a-bration, and join my team while having a blast, CLICK HERE!

Don’t worry, you can still get a great deal on these items even if you aren’t a demonstrator. Fast fuse is stronger than SNAIL but easier to use than tear and tape (sticky strip) once you get in the rhythm of doing the “check-mark” as you remove it from the paper.
Today is also the day that we ALL can earn three additional Sale-a-bration items with qualifying orders. Whoo hoo! Happy shopping and stampin’!

Repurpose a box…watch me !! And a sneak peek!

Many of you have been asking me how I reuse my Paper Pumpkin boxes, so I’m going to show you!

I recently received a gift in the mail from my upline in Wisconsin. (See that post here.) She sent me a ton of goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day. I was impressed by the package as I pulled it from my mailbox because she stamped it along with the tissue paper.

You can watch her create the tissue paper in this video HERE.

I’ve reused the Paper Pumpkin boxes for many occasions when I am giving gifts. It’s such a nice box for mailings, too!

Wondering what Paper Pumpkin is all about? Today, February 10 is the last day to subscribe for the next mailing … so don’t delay! Stampin’ Up! is also promoting a deal until March for pre-orders. Subscribe for three months or more and receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item!
Click HERE for the Sale-a-bration catalog. Click HERE for the additional Sale-a-bration new product flyer. Contact me today for your hostess code to process the pre-order deal!

Ready to see the sneak peek of the next Paper Pumpkin kit?

Oh boy, this looks like a fun kit! These are just the envelopes, too! Hurry, I have a feeling you don’t want to miss out on this one.

Don’t forget about the Weekly Deals page. It just got updated with all new items!

And finally, here’s the recipe from Shirley’s treat bag…yum!


Look and see what was in my mailbox!!

You’ll never guess what was waiting for me in my mailbox today. I got a package from my upline in Wisconsin, Shirley … she’s been keeping me in suspense for several days and it finally came!

Boy, does she know me well … I’m in love with these designer series papers and colors. Remember my “shudder moments” when it comes to glitter? Well, she’s the same with the color pink, so it just means she “wuvs” me. 😉 Thanks Shirley!

Look at all that pink!!

The first thing I noticed was the stamped images on the tissue paper, how cute is that!? I can totally hear myself saying those words.

The first item I was drawn to was this card.

I love the use of layers and many different floral patterns and colors. The main heart was cut out with the big shot cutter and Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies with vellum (Sale-a-bration). Here’s a peek at the inside … see no scraps!

She used the remainder of the vellum to make a cute frame inside the card to encase a nice greeting. I also love the other side of the card as you can’t see it much on the front, but when you open it to the inside the embossing is pretty.

She used the Lovely Lace embossing folder (again, I love lace!), but you can use any of these … the heart folder would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Little man immediately pulled this heart from the box as it has some sweet treats in the bag. Shirley, how’d you do the pink cereal?

Such a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day gift or treat bags for a classroom!

I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to last long in my house … yum! What’s great is that I can reuse the heart!


To watch how she made the Bloomin’ Heart Party Favor watch the video: CLICK HERE

Everyone loves a gift and here’s mine … thanks upline! 🙂

Iced Rhinestones are a nice way to add a little bling to your projects.

Oh, and my favorite idea of all time … gift bags!
What a creative way to use the designer series paper, but in our gusseted cellophane bags. I am going to use this idea like it’s going out of style.

Here’s the video to show you how to create these cute bags! (CLICK HERE)

Remember those rhinestones? Here’s a happy birthday card with one on the front.

I don’t really like any kind of meeting without food, and cake is the best. It’s funny, I thought of Shirley when I first saw this stamp set because she would always bring cake to her meetings…aka…parties!

I could see my aunt loving this stamp set … she makes wedding cakes for a living.

To watch Shirley make this card: CLICK HERE

And of course, we don’t waste our scraps. Adding the scrap from the banner to the inside of the card only highlights your personal greeting even more.

Boy oh boy … just think, you can make someone else feel this special by surprising them with a box of goodies, too!

Not a crafty bone in your body? Start simple … here’s my supply list for the gift bag! Enjoy!

You won’t believe what I did!

It’s been a little snowy here on the East Coast, but we’re back to warmer temperatures so that means I can work on projects in the shed.

I have been meaning to add a little more decor to my bare walls so I made this picture frame out of an old window during our blizzard.

I’ve finally found a way to showcase a few of my favorite photography shots all in one place.
You might not be able to see, but the photos are bordered with green burlap.
I wanted to add something more to the ends to bring it all together so I decided to make shutters.

These are fairly easy, I visited Lowe’s and grabbed a few boards and screwed them together to make it look like a shutter.

I stained them and they turned out pretty nice!
I’m debating if I should add mason jar lanterns to them, but we will see … What do you think?

Brand new Sale-a-bration items!

Sale-a-bration isn’t over folks … there’s more!!

Say what? Remember way back in January when I told you about the switching limited-time sale-a-bration products? Well, here they are … available starting February 16th!

Isn’t that awesome!? Now, that means that if you’ve been holding off on your $50 purchase to get your FREE item then here’s an important bit of information.

These items will be retiring on February 15th. 
Pages 16 – 19 of the Sale-a-bration catalog.

Here’s a reminder about the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for FREE.

Retiring to make room for fresh, new products! Yippie!!

Don’t forget that today is Tuesday, and that means a new group of Weekly Deals are available, too!