Holiday Home … because there is no place like home!!

founders circle trip 2014 It was so much fun being an the Founder’s Circle trip, but it’s always good to get home!

I will be posting many more pictures of the trip on my facebook page so check that out:

Today, let’s look at three different ways to add color to our cards!

blendabilites with holiday home1. with Blendabilites!

Have you tried them yet?

It is so much fun to color with these – you can feel easily shade and vary the tones!

It makes you feel like you know what you are doing even when you don’t!

paper piecing technique





2. with Paper-Piecing!

I love this look where you use designer series papers to create the color!

stampin up holiday card









3. with Aqua Painters and Ink Refills

Always easy and always a favorite.

Just a Minute: 3 Ways to Add Color to Your Card!


Which way of the 3 ways to add color is your favorite? Blendabilities? Paper-Piecing? or Watercoloring?


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Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle Retreat 2014

20140918_095426When it comes to pampering, SU! knows how to do it well!

Just look at these gifts which we have received in our first two days!


20140918_094529Plus a mug to collect candies to much on through the day.

Notice the beautiful tags on the jars of candy!



…a few healthy snacks thrown in too!

Today we will be touring the Kanab facilities where all the stamps are made!

What a wonderful opportunity it is to be here!



Letterpress Winter: Bag it!

Letterpress Winter What does this lovely Petite Cafe Gift Bag have inside?

Tim’s homemade ginger cookies!

Check out how many bags I made for him to fill!

handmade gift bags










I actually made 16 of them!

When I had my mastectomy fix surgery last month, I ran a two day “Karen’s Plastic Surgery Special” for my down line, which is called the Fine Line. Everyone who achieved it is receiving this bag of Tim’s cookies …

handmade cards   plus 14 cards from me!

I thought I might be making 4 sets of cards – I was totally blown away by 16 – and yes, I did make them all!

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So … last night at 10 pm when I should have been packing for the Founder’s Circle trip today, we were putting these packages together!

Would you like to receive a special gift in the mail from me?

Be sure you have opted in for my newsletter (the form is on the top right hand side of this blog) to see what I am offering tomorrow!


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More Weekly Deals from SU!

These are the weekly deals!

Gold 1/8 Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Gold 1/8″ Ribbon

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Happy Hour Wood Stamp Set

Price: $29.95 $22.46
Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die

Price: $32.95 $24.71
Sweetheart Punch by Stampin' Up!
Sweetheart Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Wooden Elements Embellishments

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Write Stuff II Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Write Stuff Ii Digital Kit – Digital Download

Price: $9.95 $5.97
Yippee-Skippee Wood Stamp Set

Price: $18.95 $14.21

Meet Anna from Anna’s Card Kits!

Anna's Card Kits

Meet Anna, a young women with Down Syndrome, who has her own card kit business!

Enjoy the movie as she explains how she makes her card kits!

Shop where it makes a difference!

See her cards and purchase them here:

(The Halloween card below can both be ordered – just not uploaded to her store yet. Same price – $5 per kit with 3 cards in each kit. $2 shipping for any number of kits.)

These make great $5 gifts! Everyone can use the gift of cards.

Connect with her on Facebook (and like her page) here:

If you have questions, you can email her at or you can email me at (put Annas Card Kits in the subject line).

You can read more about Anna here:





New Card Kits Added Regularly!

This one isn’t on Etsy yet, but is available. (You can email me to purchase it until its on there – so perfect for autumn and Halloween!)

Owl Builder Punch

Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested – whether they might like card kits or to read about Anna!

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The Curvy Keepsake Box Makes a Spooky Pumpkin!

"spooky" halloween craft Just a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun!

This cute pumpkin has a flickering light inside so those little ones will be wowwed!

My little pumpkin has done some traveling … which has impacted its shape, but I think that just adds to his charm!

Just below is a picture of him when he was all shiny and new!


Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies

You can make this pumpkin very quickly with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies. (Now, that’s a mouthful!)

Halloween craft tutorial


1. Start with two box pieces out of the Vellum Cardstock and, with the brayer, color it Pumpkin Pie!






pumpkin favor tutorial


2. Add the look of pumpkin lines with this stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Tangerine Tango.





punch art pumpkin face



3. Use just the tip of the Triangle Punch to punch out the eyes and nose. Then make two small notches on the edge of the Basic Black Cardstock.




Punch Art Pumpkin Face




4. Position the Circle Punch so that it goes over those two notches and punch out the mouth.


Halloween craft 5. And, finally, to make the “distressed hair”, I took a piece of Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, cut off very narrow strips on the sides, and unraveled the ribbon. Scrunch it up!

Just a Minute: Cute Little Pumpkin Face with Punches!

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Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Bags!

Halloween Treat Bag

Those little Freaky Friends of yours?

They would love to get a bag like this from you!


You could put in a fresh baked cookie (how about a Monster Cookie?) at the last minute if you think they get too much candy at Halloween!

(Can you tell that I think that????)

Or how about sending their lunches in these on October 31?

These little bags are easy to make ahead of time and can be opened at the last minute to put your treat inside!

Just a Minute: Quick & Easy Halloween Treat Bags!

Treat your Freaky Friends, your Little Monsters … or whatever you call the little ones in your life!

Or turn the tables and have the kids make the cookies and packages and give them to grandparents, neighbors, friends!

Making memories is what these special days are all about!


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Weekly Deals: 3 Punches and More!

I love and use all of these punches! If you don’t have one or more of them, this is the time to get them!!!!

2 Circle Punch by Stampin' Up!
2″ Circle Punch

Price: $16.95 $12.71
Blushing Bride Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter by Stampin' Up!
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Hexagon Punch
Hexagon Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups
Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups

Price: $2.95 $2.21
What's Up Punch by Stampin' Up!
What’s Up Punch

Price: $16.95 $12.71
World Traveler Photobook Template -- Digital Download
World Traveler Photobook Template – Digital

Visions of Santa Danced in Their Heads…

Visions of Santa handmade card Really…I can only think of one person I would actually give this card to!

How about you?

It is pretty cute, though, and the technique I am showing is how to use blender pens to get that scruffy, worn-out long underwear look!

What? You have never been trying to get that look?

Maybe you can think of some other fun uses for it – like a soft, cuddly blanket!

handmade christmas card Anyway, the inside says “Nice, Naughty, Fabulous” with a box by each so you can check off the correct answer!

I’m sure you can think of some fun things to do with this!

The secret to that worn-out look?

You know how careful we when we use the blender pens to color quickly so the paper won’t start pilling?

Well….color away and let that paper pill!

Before I share the video, I wanted to say that I have never written and published a post at this time of the evening before! The reason is grandma duty for a sick grandchild! I love that I have the freedom to choose how and when I work my business so that it fits into my life. It does not control it!!!! (Sound good? I’m always open to a conversation. Email me.)

Just a Minute: Visions of Santa, that Scruffy Gent!

Let me know you do with this quick stamping technique – and I hope you have better visions filling your dreams!

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Friday Night at the Movies … with Stampin Up!

Grab your popcorn, grab your drink! Its a perfect night to settle in for some movies, Stampin’ Up! style!

A side benefit? All of these make awesome gifts. I will be sharing my take on some of these projects soon!


Which of the five movies is your favorite? Visit my facebook page today and vote for your favorite! Why? Go there and see!


P.S. While you are there, please like my page if you haven’t already!