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So Grateful

On Friday I received my order from the NEW Occasions Mini and Sale A Bration catalogs. I didn’t know what to play with first. Today I’m going to a gathering and we are exchanging swaps. The only requirement is that the swap has to have pink in it. So I chose to use the NEW Apothecary Art Stamp Set with the matching Labels Framelits. I decided to make a simple but elegant card which is easily reproduced. I added pearl accents to add a little something special.

You can purchase all the materials for making this card at my website or by contacting me at or (410) 476-7757


Handmade Christmas Card Planner

When you send handmade holiday cards you are sending a message that the person receiving it is special to you.With just a bit of planning, you can create personalized Christmas cards and a joyful tradition! Take these steps and you’ll be on your way to sending your most heartfelt Christmas cards ever.

Plan & Schedule: August – Mid September

Just A bit of planning will go a long way in making your holiday card project successful and fun. Begin by checking your holiday list and deciding how many cards you are going to send out. Take a minute to determine your budget for materials as well as postage if you will be mailing them. Look at your calendar and decide when you want to send out the cards and also block off time on several evenings or a couple weekend days during which you can work on your cards. Of course the time you set aside will depend on how many cards you are making and how simple or
complex your design is. If you are adding a family photo, you’ll need to schedule a time to get everyone together to have the picture taken.

Pick a Design: Early – Mid September

If you are making just a few cards, then have fun designing any type of card you like. However, if you are making lots of cards, you’ll find the experience much faster if you have a design with fewer layers and intricate details. Using Designer Series Paper as a layer can add fast and easy detail to your cards. The Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels are beautiful, affordable, and speedy accents that will dress up your designs without adding a lot of bulk or effort. The Idea Book & Catalog and the gorgeous new Holiday Mini are wonderful resources since they are packed full of samples and ideas. Don’t forget to visit my website as I’m updating it often with seasonal inspiration.

Order Supplies: September – Early October

Once you’ve designed your card(s) and know how many cards you want to make, you can figure out what stamp sets and inks you will need. You can also calculate the amount of card stock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, envelopes, and adhesive you will need. If you need help, just let me know.

Cut & Assemble: October-November

Create an assembly line system. Start by cutting card bases and layers so they are ready to go. Plan a get-together with friends where you can all chat and work on holiday cards together. Time will fly when you have some festive music, tasty seasonal snacks, and friends to make a merry atmosphere. Or sit down and create your cards with your family. Even young kids can help add adhesive, punch out shapes, color in stamped images or stuff envelopes. Consider a temporary storage option like our Stampin’ Card Keeper to hold your un-assembled pieces so you can put them away and start again easily. If your kitchen table is your craft area, having a storage option ready will help to make a smooth transition
when it’s time for dinner.

Mail: Early December

Avoid the lines and rush at the post office by mailing your cards in early December. You’ll enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when you check-off your to-do list early. Plus, you’ll have more time in December to relax and appreciate the special moments and activities of the season. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes to surprise and delight your recipient.

Share the Joy

When you send handmade cards, you are sending a personal expression of love and thoughtfulness that will be warmly received and appreciated. If you have questions about making your holiday cards, please let me know – I am always here to help you!

Trick or Treat!!

I created these little treats for Wesley’s Class. I hope that they like them 🙂

They use the 1×8 cellophane bags available in the holiday mini which I filled with a Halloween pencil, a twizzler and a pixie stix. The toppers use the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper and the Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp set. The Bingo bits are available in the Spooky and Jolly and are perfect for making little Halloween and Christmas favors!! The “Happy Halloween” is a saying from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and is a very versatile set with many different sayings for every occasion.

Hostess / Technique Club

Do you have your eye on any of the exclusive hostess sets? Want to get together with fellow stampers once a month? Want to learn new techniques to use on your cards and in your scrapbooks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, My NEW Hostess Technique Club is just what you need!!

Here are the details: 

  • The class will run from October to March.
  • Registration fee is $15 and will include a binder that we will decorate at our first meeting to hold all your techniques in.
  • You then commit to ordering $25 worth of products each month from October to March.
  • Members will choose their hostess month in order of registration fees received.

Here’s what you will recieve while in the club:

  • A Technique for your binder each month
  • Hostess benefits that will include ATLEAST $25 in free products on your designated month. 
  • Time with a great group of ladies!

Save the Date

Here’s a list of all the upcoming events I will be holding myself or attending. Each one will be spotlighted on the blog but I thought I would put out a list so you can save the dates if you are interested in attending 🙂 If you would like more details right away just contact me at


  • 26th, 7pm till you drop ~ Friday Framp Night ~ Betsy’s House, $5 and a snack


  • 8th, 7pm ~ Pennant Parade Weeknight Card Class ~ Betsy’s house, $15
  • 11th, 9am-5pm ~ Cordova Crop ~ Cordova Fire House ~ $25 donation to the ladies auxilary
  • 11th, 2pm ~ Pennant Parade Weekend Card Class ~ Cordova Fire House ~ $15 or $10 for croppers
  • 20th, 6:30pm ~ Card Swap ~ Easton,exact location to be announced ~ Cards to swap (Orange/ Purple)
  • 23rd, 7pm til you drop ~ Friday Framp Night ~ Betsy’s House ~ $5 and a snack


  • 7th-9th ~ Weekend Crop ~ Holiday Inn Express in Easton ~Contact Me for contact info
  • 16th, 2pm ~ Letters to Santa Card Set Weekend Class ~ Betsy’s House ~ $30
  • 18th,6:30pm ~ Card Swap ~ Easton,exact location to be announced ~ Cards to swap (Christmas)
  • 20th, 7pm ~ Letters to Santa Cad Set Weeknight Class ~ Betsy’s House ~ $30
  • 22nd, 10am ~ Shoe Box Swap ~  Holiday Inn Express Easton ~ Project 
  • 28th, 7pm til you drop ~ Friday Framp Night ~ Betsy’s House ~$5 and a snack 

Happy Birthday Harry!

Did you know that today is Harry Potter’s Birthday? Author JK Rowling gave her much loved character the same birthday as herself 🙂

I recently went to a Stampin Up meeting and one of the girls brought her swap from convention to share. This card was one of them and I thought Harry’s birthday would be the perfect time to share it with you!