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Blackberry Bliss Thank You

Have you ever been so excited to discover new ideas that you can’t wait to share them with the world!? That’s how I feel right now and I can’t wait to share my new idea with you.

I’m in the middle of putting together a special gift for you that you’ll be able to bring you some ideas for paper-crafting.

Thank You

I’ve had the Star framelits for a while and have not used them. Why? Because I have such a hard time coming up with ideas! Sound familiar?  The one secret to using what you already have (retired or current) to put them right in front of you while you are creating.

Thank YouCard Inspiration: Creative Challenge Club

Thank you for those that participated in my research project for the class I’m currently in. I’m using the information to help you reach your paper-crafting goals AND do well in my course. THANK YOU!


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Buenos Pensamientos – Good Thoughts

Spanish Sending Good Thoughts

You’d rather make a handmade card then to waste gas and run to the store and buy one. Besides you look for new ideas for project because you know that making something yourself is more thoughtful and meaningful.

You don’t have time, you’re in a hurry to get something else done, but you want to make a card yet another day escapes you. We ALL have days like this and it’s okay because this time you are going to make one in less than 15 minutes.

I’m going to tell you how.

Spanish Sending Good Thoughts

Make everything square or rectangular.  When you need to make something in a hurry keep it simple.  Less is more and you don’t need too much hoopla to make it pretty and meaningful.  Tie it off with the bright ribbon to make it holler a dash of color and there you go!  The perfect gift for family or loved one. I guarantee that only took 10 minutes because I made it.

As a follow-up to my subscribers… I’ve sent a few emails to the chosen responders, so we can close up the interview today.  Also remember you have a $25 shopping spree waiting for your participation (NO STRINGS ATTACHED).  There are a couple that are pending the interview and you have until tomorrow to respond or lose your $25 shopping spree to others who responded.

What!? You didn’t respond… well I’m extending the offer to you until Monday.  Go back and search your inbox because that’s where it’s at.  I won’t be doing another offer like this for quite a while.  Who doesn’t want a $25 shopping spree!?

Think of just ONE person whom you think is a very busy person, but would love to make a handmade card…. now forward them this post and I will teach them how to make something different at least a couple times a week.

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Big News… In a Rut!?


Do you ever find yourself in a rut? Well, when I don’t post for a few days you know why! I’m in a deep rut and can’t seem to find my way out.

When I find myself in one of my funky ruts I take out a stamp set that and just stare at it…just kidding. I Google the name of the stamp set, but don’t bother clicking on the links (that wastes time I don’t have).

Instead, after Googling the name of the stamp set (example, Big News Stampin’ Up!) click right on “Images”… how do ya think I found this awesome inspiration!?


How was it done? I used a Real Red Stampin’ Right Marker and brushed it on only the image I wanted. From the same stamp set I colored in the stamp with the word WEDDING in it and used my Stamp-a-mi-jig to line it up just right.

Since the word “WEDDING’ was not the same size as the other words I simply added a couple of rhinestones on each side to fill in the gaps.

I hope you do what I do when you are in a rut as you find ways to use a stamp set that is VERY versatile and can be used in different combinations.  Be inspired by a different way to use the stamp set here.

Think of just ONE friend who also suffers from In-a-Rut syndrome go on and send them this post so they too can learn something new when in a rut!

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Happily Ever After


Here’s the story of how this card came about:

Hubby: Can you please make me a wedding card for a co-worker.
Me: Sure
Me: (10 min later)… Here you go.
Hubby: Wow! That’s gorgeous! Is that a swap or did you make it?
Me: You just bought it for $100! LoL

He actually threw me off when he asked if it was a swap card.  We laughed and then he told me I better not tell anyone about the conversation.  Too late!  You can’t make this stuff up.  I still chuckle when I think about it.


I was serious when I said it took me 10 minutes to make this cute golden wedding card.  The card base is in Whisper White and used some Basic Black to give it a little frame around the gold foil paper.  I heat embossed the ‘happily ever after’ on the ‘Gold Fancy’ designer paper.

Wondering how I glued it down without showing adhesive marks?  It’s no secret… I place tiny dots of our Crystal Effects behind the gold hearts and the sentiment.  Crystal Effects dries clear my friends!  A-ha!

Now in the comments below tell me if you would have you ever guessed and what type of adhesive do you use on vellum.

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Pals October Blog Hop: Halloween & Fall

Oct Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper, #2 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.


I’ve made so many of these simple, and oh so adorable Keepsake Boxes, but this is just one of 25 that will make its way to a vendor fair I’m participating in this weekend.  The versatility of the box is to infinity and beyond.  Just image a baby shower, wedding, birthday, oh the possibilities are endless.  As a matter of fact, I’m ordering an extra framelit for myself.  It’s simple and I want it… don’t you!?


This is what all the Keepsakes looked like in my most awesomest (yes, I made up that word – LOL) wine crate.  They look so PAPERLICIOUS I can eat them, but I won’t.  I dread them being torn apart to retrieve the chocolate treats inside.  Little Hershey’s kisses will gush out as it’s opened (carefully I hope).  Yummy for somebody’s tummy.

The next stop is Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, #4 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <— YOU ARE HERE
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at
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