Monday, March 20, 2023

 Adorable Owls Birthday Card

Isn't the Adorable Owls (J-F Sale-a-bration) stamp set adorable? I apologize I didn't get this up sooner.

Note: I used retired Playful Alphabet Dies to cut out "ONE", but you have two options. You can use the current Alphabet A La Mode Dies Set (Jan - May 1 2023 Mini catalog) 160750 pg61 or you could stamp the word with the current Alphabest Stamp Set (2022-2023 AC) 158886 pg 115. If you use the Alphabest set, I would stamp the word then punch it out or use a die to cut rather than trying to cut out each letter. 


I lost access to my Blog for a while. I have it back now, but I wanted to let you know this is why I have not been posting. 

Secondly, God has had me pull back on my business because there's something else He wants me to do. I'm still a demonstrator, but I am not currently holding Facebook Lives. 

I've also learned that you cannot leave comments on my posts. I'll try to fix that next weekend (March 25-26). I apologize for the inconvenience. 

Saturday, January 7, 2023

 Something Fancy

This is the second card I created for a Demonstrator Only swap. The card uses one of the new January 5 - May 1, 2023 Mini Catalog stamp sets.   

I used Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Balmy Blue, White, and Night of Navy.  You can see the list of items I used at 

I am happy to add the measurements and instructions if someone emails me at
Wednesday, December 28, 2022

End of the year announcements!

December 2022 


The clock is ticking—it’s your last chance to save up to 60% on retiring items! On 4 January 2023, the Last Chance Products promotion will come to an end.

For all the details about this steal of a deal — you'll be redirected to my promotion page by clicking this link promotion page. See you in the online store!

Have you ever wondered: How can I meet my quarterly sales minimum by sharing Stampin’ Up! with others? After all, the quarterly sales minimum was never intended to be a personal-purchase requirement.

In our new section in Stampin’ University, we have outlined a path for you that will lead to meeting the sales minimum outside of personal purchases. We’ll also be offering some webinars early in the new year for you to explore this path and how you can make it uniquely yours! Dates and times will be shared through Weekly Updates, so check back to stay informed.

Contact me for more information

For my downline: Please follow the prompts in my email.


Let love in this season with the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit! With a darling color palette and elegant gold foil detailing, this card kit will help you send love to everyone you care about!

Don’t forget about the Heart Boxes add-on! Their classic design makes them easy to put together and fill with something special. The add-ons are live during the subscription period, but only available while supplies last. So act quick, and get the add-ons today! (you will be redirected to my shop when you click the link.)

To sign up for the kit follow this link.  Contact me if you have any questions by texting "Paper Pumpkin" to 217-469-2593.

My latest design is for a swap between demonstrators. For this card I used Stamp Sets: Sending Support from the new January 5 - February 28 SALE-a-bration catalog and Nature's Prints available now. You can earn the SAB item(s) in the catalog by placing an order of $50 or more before tax and shipping from any of our current catalogs on the right. A link to the products I used are forthcoming, but you can see all of the products now on my Demonstrator Website 

Sending Support J-F 2023 SAB

Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Discounts up to 60% off!

Starting at midnight tonight; mountain time our last chance items from our current Mini Catalog will be available while supplies last. This sale will continue until January 4, 2023.

December 1 also marks the clearance rack refresh! Look for new product in the morning!

Friday, November 4, 2022


Slimline Cards

It’s Friday!

This week I pulled out my slimline envelopes (pg 137 AC 22-23) and decided to try the cards. Wow, the first card I created with the basket of apples was easy to create. My creative juices were flowing. The patterned (black, Cajun Craze, & Mossy Meadow) butterflies were punched from a retired punch. I keep all of my punches because I like to make punch art. Sometimes I will purchase a punch without the stamp set to make punch art. I’ll try to post some punch art soon. I used Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP), Cheerful Basket, and Biggest Wish stamp sets. I will provide a link to the products I used below.

My slimline portrait card was fun to create. I used the DSP, cut it at 5-1/4”, and flipped the bottom over. I added Natural Finish Ribbon and adhered the two pieces together to cover the seam. I used the Hello Harvest stamp set.

For this next card, I used DSP for the front and the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set to emboss the greeting. It’s a straightforward card; below the first image is a photo of the inside. I used Hello Harvest and Framed Florets stamp sets, and “Inspired by you” was taken from the Cheerful Basket stamp set.

Last and certainly not least is my second favorite slimline card. As with all cards in this post, I used Rustic Harvest DSP, and then I used Cheerful Basket and Framed Florets stamp sets for the images and greeting. A link to the supplies is listed below.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Dino Days Birthday

Hello, and thank you for stopping by. 

These cards were created for my grandson's birthdays. Their birthdays are a few weeks apart so we celebrated the three and five year old together.  I've had the Dino Days Stamp set and coordinating dies since they were released in the AC 2020-2021.  They were in a stack of stamp sets and dies I was getting ready to sell, but when my daughter decided to do a dinosaur themed party I had to pull it out from my retired stamp sets.

I used the stair-step/technique or fun fold which was perfect for this stamp set. I love the bright colors I chose for the dinosaurs. Aren't they fun?

I had difficulty keeping the three steps to stand up straight, and the weight of the smaller Tyrannosaurus Rex was a bit too much for the second step. I ultimately used a Stampin' Dimensional in the valleys of the steps that hold the folds and prevent them from opening up all the way.  Sometimes when I'm working with stair step folds, they get weak while I'm putting the card together. The Stampin' Dimensional is the perfect solution. 

 Link to supplies that are not retired 

Monday, October 31, 2022

 Celebrate Sunflowers Congratulations

Hey everyone! Check out this card I made last night! I used the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set (pg 35 AC 22-23) and coordinating dies (pg 175 AC 22-23).

I fell in love with this stamp set and dies since it first appeared in the June 3, 2020 – May 3, 2021, Annual Catalog (AC).

I created this card using Gold and Rose Gold 6” x 6” Metallic Specialty Paper and Ever Eden 12” x 12” Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), which is on the clearance rack for $6, down from $15!  I hope you like it.  

List of Supplies

As soon as I can figure out how to get the comments reactivated on my blog will be a very amazing day. 😊

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

 Splendid Thoughts Birthday

Today I created four new cards using the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set, the Splendid Stems Dies and coordinating Splendid Day Designer Series Paper (DSP) (pg 64-65 2022-2023 AC). I've added a few layers to add interest. It's an easy way to help them stand out. I like to use embellishments and ribbon, too... when I remember. 😐

I drew my inspiration from a fellow demonstrator Gail Ellis. For thee card on the left I cut the Fresh Freesia into three 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" squares and adhered them to the 5" x 1-3/4" DSP.

For the second card, I used 5" x 1-3/4" Fresh Freesia cardstock layered over the Fresh Freesia DSP. I have posted the list the supplies for these cards below.
Splendid Thoughts Bundle, Splendid Day DSP, Basic White Thick Cardstock, Soft Sea Foam Cardstock, Fresh Freesia Cardstock, Highland Heather Cardstock, Gold Foil Sheets, Simply Elegant Trim, Timeworn Embossing Folder, Stampin' Seal, Mini Glue Dots, Brushed Brass Butterflies, Mini Stamp, Cut, & Emboss Machine.
Here's a link to all of them at

 September Paper Pumpkin Spooky Treats

After school, Mike picked up our granddaughter, Ellie, and we made treat boxes using my Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin Kit. We had a lot of fun, and it didn’t take our eight-year-old Ellie to catch on. The kit made it easy because everything comes inside the box. Die-cuts, stamps, ink, adhesive, embellishments, and instructions. Stampin’ Up! also demonstrates

Me & Ellie

the process and provides a link to their video on YouTube. The stamp set had more stamps than the instructions required, so I showed her how to use a sponge on the negative cut-outs to create more cards. She’ll have lots of fun passing out the treat boxes to her classmates and teachers.

Next month, we’ll tackle Ho, Ho, Ho!
If you haven't placed an order for the November Paper Pumpkin, it's not too late. You have until November 10 or until supplies last.