Cheers to the New Year!


Happy New Year’s Eve!!  I for one can not believe we are starting a new year.  It’s usually a time of reflection for a lot of people.  And it’s a time when we want to start new habits, such as eating healthier, getting in better shape, being a better person, travel more, or just vowing to do more things on our bucket list.  It seems like the idea of a fresh slate has so much appeal, that we can have a clearer purpose in life simply by flipping over a calendar page. We look back over the last year and assess  what we feel went right and what went wrong, and how to prevent those wrongs in the new year.

2019 was pretty emotional for me.  It was my first full year without my Mom.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic small cell lung cancer in May 2018 (Mother’s Day weekend) and it took her from us 6 months later on 11/6/18. Those 6 months and especially the last 2 months of that year I was just numb and the transition into 2019 was just a blur.  And to be honest, 2019 has had its share of personal pain, going through each “1st” without Mom, the various first holidays, first Mother’s Day (heartbreaking 😥), first birthday, etc.  And I’ve had to watch some family members experience some rough times as well, which made my heart ache.  Suffice it to say, I will be more than a little ready to close the door on 2019.

So what do I want for 2020?   I want to take every opportunity I can to spend quality time with family and friends.  Because those memories are more important than whether I get back to my “fighting” weight, or I’m more organized (it’s just never going to happen 😬).  And I want to make sure I am allowing myself to do things that bring a smile to my face, like crafting and card making and taking trips with my husband, because life is too short not to do the things that make you happy!  And I know Mom would want me to focus on being happy, it’s all she really every wanted for her kids ❤️

What do you resolve to do in 2020?  Leave me a comment on this post and I’ll send you a little gift for the New Year!

Oh, and here’s a couple of other views of my Cheers card.  The stamp set and dies will retire on 1/2.  So if it’s something you’d like to have, visit my online store and click on Year End Closeout!

I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!




2020 Mini Catalog, 3D Projects, Cards, Stampin' UP!

NC Demo’s December Blog Hop – Pick Three!

Welcome to the last blog hop for 2019!!  How is this even possible?  I swear that once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just flies by.  By the time we publish this blog, Christmas will be over and hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday.  Now for that few days of precious peace and quiet before we gear up for the new year.  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, and I  know she had some great projects to share 🙂

Our theme this month is Pick Three!  We were to pick one stamp set and use it in three ways.  I choose to extend this challenge and used a suite in 3 ways.  It’s always nice to see how to incorporate the wonderful items that coordinate within a suite.   I chose to make a card and two 3D projects for this month’s hop.  And because there are 3 projects, it may be a little picture heavy!                                                                                                           

Project 1 was the card I recently submitted for a card swap in the Stampin’ UP! Leaders group.  I really love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate.  I think they compliment each other very well.  And I added a bit of pink with the Flirty Flamingo Light Blend marker on the perfume bottle.  I added few little embellishments with the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and Silver Metallic Thread.  There’s also Wink of Stella on the perfume bottle but it never photographs well.  I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Mint Macaron layer.  This is one of my very favorite embossing folders.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, add a subtle bit of texture to your card.  I added one of the stamp images from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and a sentiment from Peaceful Moments.



The 2nd project is a holder for a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer.     

I found the pattern from a post by Twila Davis (she does the most amazing 3D items!) and just made a couple of my own adjustments.  And this project only uses the 6×6 DSP from the Best Dressed Suite.  One of my favorite patterns in this DSP package is the perfume bottles.  They are just too cute!  I also used the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding that goes with the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  This ribbon is so versatile!  This is a must-have accessory from the Mini Catalog in my opinion.  You can color the ribbon using our Blends so it virtually can be any color you need!  I used the Dark Mint Macaron to color the ribbon for this project.  You just have to give it a minute to completely dry and then you are good to go!


Holder Measurements:

Holder base – 8.5″ x 2″ – score @ 3.75″ and 4.75″.  Using Delightful Tag punch, punch both ends of the base

Holder Band – 6.5″ x 1.75″ – score @ 1.25″, 2.25″, 4.25″ and 5.25″.  Place adhesive on the back of this band (just the piece that will be on the front and back of the holder, not the side pieces) and wrap around the folded base.  This helps keep it secure.

DSP band – 6″ x 1.5″.  I didn’t score this piece, I simply added some adhesive to the backside and wrapped it around the card stock band.  Since I used a 6×6 piece of DSP, it didn’t completely meet at the back of the card stock band.  If you are using 12 x 12 DSP, you will cut it at 6.5″ x 1.5″ and it will completely wrap around the cardstock band.


And last but not least, my 3rd project is a treat box that Erica Cerwin shared.

I loved the unique shape of it and thought it was going to be a little challenging to make.  But it’s actually just a basic lidded box with an added topper of a piece of cardstock cut using our Stitched Nested Dies!  It totally changes the look.  I used the Scripty Embossing Folder to give it a more feminine look, a small piece of the Best Dressed DSP cut with a smaller Stitched Nested die, some Pink Petal Metallic Edged Ribbon (from the Parisian Blossoms Suite) and a pink tassel from the Best Dressed Suite.  I attached the ribbon and tassel with a couple of glue dots. This is a great way to show that we can coordinate items from other suite offerings as well!  I tucked a small square soap that I purchased at a boutique in VA a few months ago.


The box base is 7.5″ x 5.25″

– score on long side at 1″, 3.25″, 4.25″ and 6.5″

– score on short side at 1″ and 4.25″

– trim each of the square tabs at an angle

– Place strong adhesive on the outside of all the square tabs.  Fold up the tabs on the left and in the center into the left side rectangles

– then fold the right-hand squares into the other rectangles (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of these last 2 steps 😦 )


I had a great time working on the projects this month, and while I tried to keep everything within one suite, I’m really glad that we have so many products that coordinate so well across the board.  This is a great selling point for our customers, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and please continue through the hop.  Frances Wagner is next and I know she has some wonderful projects to share!

A quick reminder!  There’s only a few days left to shop the Year End Close Out Sale!  The last day to order is January 2nd.  If placing an online order, please use Host Code QKTMUDTX.  Click on the graphic below to go to my online store!


Tina Lesson

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

Frances Wagner

Nedine Dupree

Tracie Evans Langley



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Joy of Giving Tag Kit

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Make the experience of gift giving even more joyful when you top off the perfect gift with a lovely handmade tag!

The all-inclusive Joy of Giving Tag Kit includes stamps, ink, and all the pre-cut supplies you need to create 30 festive tags.

All Inclusive – Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Joy of Giving Tag Kit (#150700)
-Joy of Giving 17 piece photopolymer stamp set
-Poppy Parade Stampin’ Ink Spot
-Clear Acrylic Stamp Block
-30 tags, 10 each of 3 designs
-Designer Storage Box
-Instructions with sample photos (assembly video is also available online)

These tags are simple to create while watching a favorite Christmas movie or as a fun family activity. Once you’ve made the tags you still have the stamps and ink so you can create even more tags and cards!

The Joy of Giving Tag Kit comes packaged in a designer box for storage or gifting. A kit makes a great gift for crafty friends and a box of completed tags will be appreciated by anyone on your list!

Happy Stamping!!


Bag of Tags Gift

 Joy of Giving Tag Kit

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KIT: Joy of Giving Tag Kit (includes tags, stamps, ink, & embellishments)
CARDSTOCK: Poppy Parade (#119793), Shaded Spruce (#146981)
ACCESSORIES: Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (#150691), Clear Envelope (#102619)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Glue Dots (#103683), Tear & Tape (138995#)
TOOLS: Beautiful Boughs Dies (#150661), Magnolia Memory Dies (#149578), Heat Tool (#129053), Detailed Trio Punch (#146320) (Optional)





Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The Toile Tidings Suite evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas with vintage designs and traditional colors. This suite is ideal for creating cards, decor, and special gifts.

This gorgeous card below features a quick coloring trick for adding detail that you’ll love for it’s simplicity and speed.

Happy Stamping!!


————————————————– Cardinal Christmas Card

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STAMPS: Toile Christmas (#150469)
CARDSTOCK: Thick Whisper White (#140272), Whisper White (#100730), Old Olive (#100702), Cherry Cobbler (#119685), Crumb Cake (#120953)
PAPER: Woven Threads (#149497)
INK: Black StazOn (#101406), Cherry Cobbler (#147083), VersaMark (#102283)
ACCESSORIES: Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109131), Watercolor Pencils (#141709), Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#146933)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: Stitched Rectangles dies (#148551), Christmas Cardinal dies (#150640), Stamparatus (recommended) (#146276), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

Non-Stampin’ Up!: sticky note or copy paper





Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight