It’s Been 15 Years!

I am celebrating my fifteenth year anniversary with Stampin’ Up! today – February 3, 2021! 

Happy 15th Stampiversary!

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long but I’ve loved every minute of it. The traditional 15-anniversary gift is crystal and I would love to give a gift of “crystal” in the form of Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to you this month.  Place a minimum $50 order on my website ( during the month of February 2021 using the host code N74CMKUS.. You will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (be sure to redeem that on your order), a tutorial bundle with 15 amazing tutorials and a free pack of the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets ($9 value).  I will mail your gift to you in March. 

It’s my Stampiversary and I want to celebrate with you.  I found some photos from 2006 at my very first convention with Stampin’ Up! When I started I  didn’t really know anyone and traveled alone to Utah and walked into the hotel room to meet my room mate – Michele from Iowa – we are still friends today!  A very exciting part of the event was meeting Shelli Gardner the co-founder of Stampin’ Up! and CEO at that time.  Now her daughter Sara is the CEO.  over these 15 years I have met 100s of friends (maybe more like 1000+) from all over the world and these women are so amazing and creative!  It’s been an amazing journey and I’m so excited to continue for another 15 years (goodness knows how old I will be then!)

February Tutorial Bundle

The February Tutorial bundle includes 15 amazing tutorials – one from myself and the other 14 from demonstrator friends of mine.  We all created a fun project for you from the new Jan-Jun Mini Catalog.  If you are a member of my PAWS team the tutorial will be shared on our private group page and for anyone else just place an order with me this month of $40 or more.  But if your order is $50 or more you also earn a free SAB item and my “crystal” gift mentioned above.  Here is a sneak peek of the tutorial bundle just to tease you:


If you have every thought about joining Stampin’ Up! and being part of a creative and fun community I’d love to have you join my team – the PAWS Team.  Build a Starter Kit by choosing $125 of products for just $99.  Join during Sale-a-Bration and you get a FREE, exclusive gift from the upcoming catalog – an assortment of 6″ x 6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Paper.  Business Supplies and free shipping are included.  Talk to me today and join the PAWS team and the Stampin’ Up! family – we would love to have you.  Join Today!

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Twinkle Twinkle Birthday Cards

I’m still in Orlando and have a fun card to share with you today.  I created this one for a Birthday Card Swap at OnStage this week.  While the Twinkle Twinkle paper is shown as a baby/kids paper in the catalog I used it here as birthday.   With the patterns and the stars I think it’s a fun birthday design.  The designer paper is the featured item on this card design so it’s easy to take this idea and use it with different paper. I also made a card like this with some of the Christmas paper but I’ll show you that one another time.

This card uses a 4″ strip of Designer paper that is folded.  The outside of the card shows one side of the paper and the inside shows the other.  For this one I used the Twinkle Twinkle paper and created birthday cards.  Just like my last swap I used the different papers from the pack and created variations of the same card.  There are 6 different ones – I switched out the Baker’s Twine and the color of the Starburst punched piece depending on the paper I used. Which one is your favorite?

Supply List

  • Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper
  • Gray Granite card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Night of Navy card stock
  • Gray Granite ink
  • Silver & Petal Pink Baker’s Twine
  • Silver & Pool Party Baker’s Twine
  • Whisper White & Silver Baker’s Twine
  • Twinkle Adhesive Backed Stars
  • Starbust Punch
  • 2″ Circle Punch
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

Here is a look at the inside of the card. You can see the other side of the Designer Series paper.  I added the White panel to write the inside message for the card. 


These were the cards I create for the Birthday swap that I hosted at OnStage.  I hope everyone that participated enjoyed the cards they received.  It’s so fun to see everyone’s different creations.

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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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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.


Monday was a busy day

Well Monday turned out to be a busy day!  Right after I finished my blog post yesterday I left the house – met my friend Diane – and then headed to lunch with a few other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators to be part of a Focus Group.  We were treated to a delicious lunch – family style at Maggianno’s – and discussed our topic.  I think when it was all said and done we were there for about 3 hours.  Diane and I walked around the mall – the restaurant is attached to the mall.  And slowly made our way over to the pizza place were we were meeting 23 other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators for dinner.  That was fun!


Following dinner we headed to the movie theater and waited patiently for the Stampin’ Up! Catalog Premiere!  I believe there were about 150 of us in this theater but total across the country there were over 7600 demonstrators.  We were all ready to watch a live-streaming video of the new annual catalog premiere.   I thought it was a great event and an exciting way to introduce the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I sure hope that Stampin’ Up! does this again.


We were there for 2-1/2 hours as the Stampin’ Up! staff showed us the new catalog, new stamp sets and products and made us laugh.  They were live in California.  As we left we got our brand new 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog!!  Plus a brand new stamp set!  And a few people even won prize patrols.  One of my downline Cindy won the first prize patrol – so exciting!  And I can show you the front of the catalog!  Are you ready?

10151898_10152495490617189_7959032376709229676_nYou might just be able to find some new things shown on the cover…… and you might really want to be part of my Stamper’s Club and come to my house for the meeting this weekend – Friday night or Saturday morning – just sayin’!

So I didn’t have time to list all the supplies for my frog card yesterday – so I’m going now to update that post – so be sure to go back and check it out again.

A few other Tuesday updates for you:

  • New Paper Pumpkin Kit and Refill Kits: As a special perk for Paper Pumpkin subscribers, Stampin’ Up! offers a selection of past kits and refill kits for purchase, while supplies last. We just added four new kits to the offering. Visit to get all the details.
  • New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in my online store – holiday items from last years Holiday Catalog if you want to get a head start!
  • Don’t forget the RETIRED LIST – things are selling out so don’t wait to order something that you wanted.  Check in my online store under Retired List to see what is still available – once it is gone, its gone!
  • New Weekly Deals 4/29 – 5/5– This weeks deals….  weekly deal 4-29
  • New My Digital Studio Downloads –  a new online class!  mds dwnld 4-29

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