Roommates are the best

One of the best parts of a Stampin’ Up! Event is staying in the hotel and having fun with your roommates.  I remember my very first Stampin’ Up! event – I was brand new and didn’t know anyone.  The only person I had met before was my upline and she was staying with someone already.  So I had to make a new friend and found someone that needed a roommate for convention that year. 

My family thought I was crazy going out of state and meeting a stranger in a hotel and staying there!  I figured if I needed to I’d just go find myself my own room somewhere else.  But guess what I walked in that door and met Michele.  That was 13 years ago and guess what – she is going to be one of my room mates again this week!  We have stayed together many times over the years. 

Roommates really are the best.  This year we have a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite and there will be 7 of us rooming together.  Members of my PAWS team will be joining me and I’m so excited.  I made some cute gifts for them.  We often call them pillow gifts because you leave them on the pillow.  I started with a totally different idea but it did not come together.  So I ended up with this idea and I love how it turned out.

I stuck with the Mickey theme again.  After I made the little friend gifts I decided I wanted to make Mickey tags for my room mates.  Everyone’s has their name on it and if they want to they can transfer them to the bag that Stampin’ Up! will give us.  If all 7000 of us have the same bag you need something to distinguish yours from everyone else’s. 

Supply List

  • 1-1/2″ Circle punch
  • 1″ Circle punch
  • Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
  • Daffodil Delight card stock
  • Real Red card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Cookie Cutter punch
  • Make a Difference stamp set
  • Black Memento Ink
  • White Stampin’ Chalk Marker

Inside the black canvas mini bag is a Cupcake in a Mug mix and frosting – so we can make birthday cupcakes.  Plus napkins, a spoon and then I have the mug. I also brought mickey themed snacks for us – including more oreos and also goldfish. I found those at the grocery store. Now we have to figure out which night to have our cupcakes.

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Mickey Friend Gifts

Did you know that I’m heading to Orlando, Florida for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event this week?  And it’s Stampin’ Up!s 30th Birthday!  And it’s Mickey’s 90th Birthday!  So this week will be all about celebrating – birthday’s, accomplishments, friendships and more.  When I go to a Stampin’ Up! event I love to make little gifts to give to my friends.  Being part of this company has allowed me the opportunity to make friends that live all over the world.  Most of them I might only see every couple of years.  With this being Stampin’ Up!s big celebration year there are over 7000 demonstrators coming to Orlando from all over the world.  This year I made some little friend gifts with a Mickey birthday theme.

I found Mickey Mouse birthday oreos at the grocery store and decided to create my little gift based on those.  I used the 3×6″ Gusseted Cello bags and put two oreos inside and closed it up with tape.  The bags are food safe – in case you wondered.  Then I made the little tag to go on the front.  The three candles are for Stampin’ Up!s 30th birthday.  And then I made Mickey out of circle punches.  Finished up with the die cut Celebrate. 

Supply List

  • 3×6″ Gusseted Cello Bags
  • 1-1/2″ circle punch
  • 1″ circle punch
  • Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Real Red card stock
  • Daffodil Delight card stock
  • Balmy Blue card stock
  • Real Red ink
  • Daffodil Delight ink
  • Black Memento ink
  • Celebrate You Thinlits
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine
  • Paper Snips
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Tear and Tape

I hope everyone likes the little sweet treat.  By the way the oreo filling is birthday cake flavored and they are good – and they smell yummy too. 

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Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code TUCMHUCW for November 2018.
Join my PAWS team here

Ribbon of Courage

It’s October and while that brings about thoughts of orange and black and Halloween; I think for many we also thing of pink and breast cancer awareness.  This time last year I was finishing up training for a 2 day 30-mile walk.  On my FB memories a year ago my friend Molly and I had just walked 17 miles!  That was our longest walk up to that day.  Later in October we would complete the full 30 miles – 20 on the first day and another 10 the second day.  It was a wonderful experience and I really wanted to do it again.  But scheduling conflicts moved the 2017 walk out to November and on the same weekend that I’ll be traveling to Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.  So I’m not walking this year.  I do hope to walk again in 2018 – crossing fingers they pick a weekend that doesn’t conflict with anything.

For today I have a pink card for you – I created it for my monthly Card Maker’s Class.  Even if it isn’t a card you need right now it might be something you want to have on hand.  Alternately you could create the card in a different colors.  That’s the great thing about stamps – you can stamp them in any color that you need.


I used the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and Powder Pink ink and card stock.  The background layer is embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Like I said the other day – it’s my favorite right now.  The Layering Oval Framelits are the oval.  for the white.  There is also a coordinating set of framelits for this set called – Support Ribbon Framelits.  A little bit of Whisper White Baker’s Twine is tied around to finish the card.  I hope you like it.


Sheltering Tree Seasonal Calendar

Finally!! I know it has taken me a while to get to this post. But finally it is here!

I first created this Sheltering Tree Seasonal Calendar a long time ago for 2015.  At the time I created a full tutorial with lots of photos, measurements and instructions.  Then my computer crashed – well not my computer actually but our external hard drive where we back everything up!!  Yikes!  Most of what I lost from the beginning of 2015 including that tutorial and the photos.  Our last back up was from December.  In April this year I decided to use this project for one of my display projects for the OnStage Live event.  Since my focus was on the 2015-2017 In Colors I recreated it with those.  I am receiving many requests for the tutorial but at this time decided not to recreate it.  I am however writing this post and sharing enough information including a pdf with a 2016 calendar so you can create your own calendar.

Here are the new panels I created for the display in April.  I used Mint Macaroon, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon as the main colors.

Here is a look at the older one – the colors here were Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, and Hello Honey.

So the way this calendar works is that your base is a 12″ x 6″ piece of card stock – scored at 6″.  Each of the 4 panels is attached to one of the 6×6 sections – two on one side and two on the other – you want the top of each panel to be at the scored end.  Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The colored card stock of each panel is 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ and then there is a white piece that is stamped with the trees – those are 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 – with part of the white piece covered by the calendar strip.

I printed the calendar strip on my printer at home on Whisper White card stock and then cut them down into strips.  I use My Digital Studio to create the calendars.  So if you still have that you should be able to generate a calendar in the size that you want it.  Here is a pdf for the 2016 calendar.  calendar 2016

The last thing you want is to add a stand – so that it will stand up on your desk. I just used a piece of card stock that matched my background piece and scored it so that i can slide it under the panels. My piece was 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ and scored at 1″ from each end.  But the exact size doesn’t really matter – you just want something to slide in and keep your “tent” from slipping.


Here is a view standing –


One more look at the new panels –

Thanks for stopping by – I hope that is helpful to you.


Swirly Bird has lots of possibilities

The new Swirly Bird stamp set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog has lots of possibilities.  You’ll be able to use it for a variety of occasions all year long.  I had the privilege of making display samples using the stamp set for the OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City.  I shared all my ideas by color because that was our “assignment” and how the display boards were organized for the event.  Today I just wanted to share one post showing the variety of ways I used this one stamp set.






My samples used only the stamp set and I was very excited to see that there was a coordinating set of Thinlits – called Swirly Scribbles!  With the two together you can create such a wide variety of projects.

Thanks for visiting today.


OnStage Displays featuring Mint Macaron

My last set of OnStage display samples feature the Mint Macaron In-color. I thought this color was perfect for this scrapbook page of a photo I took on our Whale watching trip in Alaska.



I used a few on the new products on this page:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Mint Macaron Small Striped Ribbon
  • Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape

It might be a little hard to see the washi tape – I added it on the Mint Macaron Designer Paper in between the stripes.


This next one is a sweet little card that would be a perfect for a baby – a little sailboat theme for a boy perhaps.  Use for thank you’s or create invitations.


New products include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Mint Macaron Thin Striped Ribbon

The next card is an idea I saw online from another demo, an easy way to use little scraps of  designer paper or make little squares by stamping on them or adding washi tape.


New products on this one:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Affectionately Yours Washi Tape

I did use candy dots on some of these samples and they are retiring – darn it.  But we are getting some new epoxy shapes that I hope I will like just as well.  I can’t wait to get them once the catalog is live in June.

My last project is the final panel of the Seasonal Calendar.


I used the Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe on this panel with the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I’ll do a separate post with all of the calendar panels and show you how it stands up and I’m hoping to include the pdf of the actual calendar portion in case someone else wants to make one.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you liked all the display samples that I created.  I hope I get the opportunity to do it again in the future.