Category Archives: Videos

Holiday Catalog is Live

Hey folks!  If you haven’t seen it yet – you should!  The new Holiday Catalog is out, and active!  Check out this quick preview video from Stampin’ Up!

How fun is that?!

Contact me if you don’t have a Demonstrator and need a catalog, I don’t want anyone missing out on this.

A few reminders:
– There is a double class scheduled for this coming Saturday – Please RSVP if you plan on attending!
– There is a new special for Hostesses for a FREE stamp set with qualifying orders. Look for info on that by clicking here, and I’ll be getting some samples for you soon!
– I always have my current Hostess code up at the top of my blog, along with links to my online store. Just click on the pictures of the catalogs to get there! 🙂

Happy stamping,


Wine Tag with Scalloped Tag Punch

Hi folks! Need a quick tag for a gift?  Here is a perfect solution using one of the new stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog. The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but if you are a demonstrator, or join my group – you can get access to it earlier! 🙂 Just one of the many perks to joining my team.  If you need a catalog, let me know so I can get one to you!

Here is the tag I made using the “Half Full” stamp set:

Completely cute, and super simple to make.

Check out the video I put together, it’s uncut… and it only took 3 attempts to get this. 🙂  I did realize afterwards I need to move the camera a little closer to the table… So I’ll get the setup changed a bit for next time.

I hope you like it and see how easy it can be to make!  Remember, this stamp set will be available on Sept 1st, unless you are a demonstrator – you can pre-order it!

Thanks for looking,

Watercoloring A Sara Thing with Paper Pumpkin

Hey folks!!

For all you crafty Paper Pumpkin folks out there… Did you SEE the April Paper Pumpkin??  WOW! I just loved it!  For those non-Paper Pumpkin folks out there (you know who you are)… holy cow you need to see what you were missing. 🙂

The kit comes with 3 different card designs, but I only have one for you right now because I was drawn to the geometric-flower-block design with all the bright colors.  It’s a piece of watercolor paper, with a clear embossed design on it. You can use the watercolor pencils (which came in the kit) to color the paper, and overlap a little as you go. It’s actually quite simple. The harder you press, the darker the color will be. This is what that looks like:

Then, you use the cute little paintbrush that comes with it, and just brush a bit of water over the blocks. My tip is to stay on the dryer side.. don’t use too much water otherwise it will all just run the colors together. This is what it turns out like with only 4 colors, overlapping to create the other colors:

I was so excited by this card, I didn’t even get out my background paper to take the pics!  Once I put it all together on the nifty black paper, stamped the sentiment (which is Sara’s actual handwriting!!), added some washi tape and the adorable glittery flower… it comes together like so:

All of this was in the kit!  I hope you like this one. It’s probably one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits ever!

Just fyi – there are only refills available out in my store right now <click here to get to it> – so you won’t be able to get the stamp set that goes with it, but if you get the refill, you are always welcome to come over and borrow my stamps. 🙂 Remember, you must be a subscriber to be able to order refills! Contact me if you have any questions on it, or need help signing up!

I’m including the link to the video by Sara, the CEO of Stampin’ Up! This is pretty cool because it walks through everything – which is not usually done like this. In case you were not familiar with it, there is a quick video each month revealing the contents, and lots of online resources for alternative projects!

Let me know if you have any questions, or need to order anything!  Keep an eye out next week for the monthly Blogging Friends Blog Hop on the 1st, where we will feature retiring products.. and I’ll have a few more things to share about that between now and then!  Thanks for stopping by!

Weekly deals changing and Watercolor technique

Hi folks!

Lots going on this week … First..  If you have not seen it yet, go check out the weekly deals from Stampin’ Up! They are changing things up, and the Weekly Deals as we know them are going away on April 18th! But don’t worry completely, they will have special offers to replace them, just less frequent, in the future. 🙂

You don’t want to miss out on the deals they have there right now, there are over a dozen items, including the Rose Garden and Sunburst thinlits!
Click here to get shopping:

Next – If you have not contacted me back yet on my class this weekend, time is running out!
Class is Saturday at 1:00 pm – make sure to RSVP by tonite!

Last – I wanted to share another video I created for you…
It’s using Stampin’ Markers and Watercoloring on a Block. I’m not sure it has an official name, but it’s fun and turns out really neat.

I used the “In the Meadow” stamp set from the Occasions catalog with the Archival Black ink, and colored the block with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist markers. After coloring on the block, you mist it with water, then ‘stamp’ it on the paper.. you get different looks depending on what type of paper and how much water you use. In the video I did not have my handy Stamping Spritzers with me, so I used an old container from my Stamping Mist cleaner… Next time I’ll have my Spritzers! 🙂

Give it a try and let me know how it goes, I’d love to share your samples here with others!
(Here is the sample I used for inspiration mentioned in the video.)

If there are other techniques you are looking to learn, let me know so I can put something together for you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Apr2016

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. We haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Our Favorite Stamp Set (or two, or three..)!

Since I’ve been a demonstrator for almost 13 years, I have LOTS of favorites… It was hard narrowing it down, but I did… to just one. Maybe one day I’ll go back and pick my top 10.. but that’s not for today. 🙂

Having picked the one set, I decided to do a technique video on Masking. Check out the video, and then continue reading on for pictures of the cards featured in the video, as well as hopping over to the rest of the wonderful blogs in this month’s hop!  Here’s the video for your amusement:

Pretty neat huh?  I think I’m getting the hang of it… mostly… well, at least I’m figuring out how to do more things with this whole video thing. There’s no stopping me now! Mwaa haa haaa! 🙂

Here are some pics of the cards featured:

Here’s another that I really liked… I love BOTH of those stamps from this set:

You can see I did some selective inking on that one to hide the base of the group of trees. This way it looks like they are in the snow.

And here are some more that have been featured on my blog in the past, you can click on them to go to those posts:


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And, here’s one more for a bonus… an oldie, but a goodie.. I only have a picture of this, and as you can see, I love using this tree on vellum!

So, now that you have lots of ideas for the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, hop over to Tammy’s site to see what she has for you today!


In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber