Update on Jack!

Hello everybody,

Wanted to update you on my husband and let you know why I haven’t posted anything since the 18th.  As most of you know, Jack is a diabetic and he has neuropathy in his feet.  Jack goes to the Wound Clinic about twice a week for open wounds on his legs (related to diabetes) and they found a hole in his left foot.  He may have stepped on a nail, or something, who knows.  They were treated it but it got worse and infected so they admitted him to Roper-St.Francis, Mt Pleasant Hospital.

After a questionable MRI, the vascular doctor went through vessels from the groin area to see how bad the circulation to the foot was.  He had zero circulation from the knee down in the left leg and about 50% in the right leg.  They tried to open the veins but were not successful when they got to the foot.

The Doctor determined that he needed to have part of his foot and big toe removed because there was no blood going to it and it would never heal unless there was circulation.  So they removed it on Friday, the 21st.  He has been in the hospital since the 14th.  He is in Intensive Care but they expect to move him to a regular floor today or tomorrow.  He will then need to go to rehab so they can work with him in Physical therapy to be able to walk, and yes, he will need assistance.

Anyway, it has been pretty hectic with me going up to the hospital about twice a day.  He is lonely and wants company.  He also has Mersa, an infection, that when you go to visit him you must wear a gown and gloves.  They were just allowing family up while he is in ICU.  On a lighter note, he will call me around 5AM, in the morning and want to know what am I doing? Hah!  like what do you normally do at 5 in the morning…………….SLEEP!

Jack is on everyone’s prayer list and We sure do appreciate all the prayers and well wishes.  Will keep you informed and hope to get back to posting some cards soon.  It is hard to be creative when there is so much on your mind.

If anyone knows of a reliable construction company that installs bathrooms, etc., let me know.  It looks like I am going to give up my beautiful craft room for a full bath and bedroom.  The stairs just aren’t going to work anymore.  Hugs, Patti


Change in Stamp Camp

Hey Stampers and crafters,

I have been quite busy this week with Jack being in the hospital, and going back and forth.  In addition, I think every appointment from the Hurricane week that was cancelled was rescheduled for this week and I have appts right through Friday.

In view of this I will be rescheduling my stamp camp to the 4th Saturday of the month and NOT the normal 3rd Saturday.  We will be doing Holiday cards and a 3D project.  Look for my flyer later in the week.  Hugs, Patti

Need your prayers

Hey Crafters,

No posting of cards or projects yet, but soon I hope.  Right after the cleaning up of Hurricane Matthew, my husband Jack landed in the hospital and we could sure use your prayers.

He has Diabetes and has developed an infection in the bone of his foot.  So much has been going on here that I have not had time to create anything.  Keep checking back with me.  I am really looking forward to be able to stamp and have some fun.  Hugs, Patti

Another card from Wednesday’s club

I embossed the copper foil paper, page 47 in the HC, with the embossing folder, Pretty Paisleys, same page.  The DSP is Fruit Stand from the AC on page 173.  In addition, from the same catalog, page 194, I used a die from the Flourish Thinlits, on the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper, page 55 of the HC.  I added that to the sentiment, from the Set, First Sight page 46 of the AC.  The 3/8″ Ruched ribbon can be found on page 178, also in the AC.



The North Pole!

This card we made at our Wednesday morning club.  The set, Christmas Magic, is the perfect set to add to your collection.  It has beautiful images and wonderful sentiments.  If you have been keeping track, I have used it several times in my blog.  I think I will certainly get my money’s worth on this one.

I did the sky on Whisper White card stock, in Dapper Denin, and splattered white craft ink refill, page 180 of the AC, mixed with a little water using a paint brush.  The sentiment is a banner cut out and held with our Bow Paper Clip embellishments found on page 177 in the AC.  I used Marina Mist to highlight the snow drifts, and used a blender pen, to color the images with our classic inks.





Father Christmas

I love this set because it is so vintage looking.  IN this card I used a monochromatic technique which requires different shades of one color.  Here I selected the brown family using Tip Top taupe, crumb cake and soft suede.  The image is stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  The set can be found on page 22 of the HC.


So sweet!

This card was created using the set, Cookie Cutter Christmas, page 6 of the HC.  The sentiment is from the set, Oh, What Fun, found on page 31 of the AC.  I used the Warmth & Cheer washi Tape from the HC, page 13 of the HC.  This is one of those Clean and Simple cards.  Hope you like it.



Moroccan Nights and Oh, Happy Day

I’ve always thought the Moroccan Nights set (and suite of products) is so cool, so I asked one of our artists to make some unique projects for me to share with you.

The first Moroccan Nights project was Shalae’s birthday packaging. The center part is just the DSP rolled into a tube and secured after cutting fringe on both edges—a perfect place to put rolled up birthday bills so they don’t fall out or get lost.

The other projects—all four fabulous cards—are great ideas for World Card Making Day! As always, photos just don’t do these cards justice. I wish you could touch them and see them up close. They’re beautiful cards with lots of texture!

If you like options (like me) and you’re looking for a simpler way to prepare for World Card Making Day, order the Oh, Happy Day card kit (if you haven’t already) and join Sara and me during her Facebook event on September 20 for tips on making some fun cards for any time—night or day. (Get it? Moroccan Nights or Oh, Happy Day! I thought it was a cute…thanks for humoring me just a little!)


Make a card, send a card show your love!


There is no better way to show someone you care like sending handmade card. In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out. October 1, 2016, is World Card Making Day and it’s a great time to make and send a card to someone to just say hello or give them a little recognition or love! And what’s even better is that from October 1-5, cardmaking essentials are up to 25% off. Stock up so you can share your love all year long! Contact your demonstrator to place an order, or shop now!

Here’s a list of cardmaking staples that are being discounted in celebration of World Card Making Day:

Item Description Discount Retail Price Sale Price
138339 2015-2017 In Color Card stock 15% $8 USD/$10 CAD $6.80 USD/$8.50 CAD
141413 2016-2018 In Color Card stock 15% $8 USD/$10 CAD $6.80 USD/$8.50 CAD
141697 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD/$14.50 CAD $8.25 USD/$10.88 CAD
141698 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD/$14.50 CAD $8.25 USD/$10.88 CAD
133774 Envelope Punch Board 25% $20 USD/$27 CAD $15 USD/$20.25 CAD
141651 Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit 25% $27 USD/$36 CAD $20.25 USD/$27 CAD
129027 Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill – Buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get a Refill for FREE!   $7.50 USD/$10 CAD FREE with purchase of Fast Fuse Adhesive



  • Promotion period: October 1-5, 2016
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Save on Designer Series Pape

We can all use more Designer Series Paper, so we’re confident that you’re going to love this news: October 1 through 31, buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! That means now is a great time to save on some of our most popular paper designs. Contact your demonstrator to place your order, or shop now!

Here’s a handy list of our current Designer Series Paper you can save on during this promotion:

Item # Product Name
141663 Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
141645 Moroccan Designer Series Paper
141660 Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
141654 Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
141630 Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
141640 By the Shore Designer Series Paper
141986 Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
141981 Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper



  • Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
  • There is no limit to how many times you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free.
  • Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for the promotion.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.
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From Artisan Design Team

 I’m Addicted to Doilies, By Golly

I have a confession to make. It’s hard for me to make a card without using a doily. I love how they instantly add a touch of polish without any cutting or stamping. They layer beautifully and are a simple, yet pretty way to highlight a focal image. Plus, they’re an inexpensive way to embellish your cards (especially when you factor in the per unit cost, which amounts to only pennies).

I was recently stamping with the Be Jolly, By Golly Stamp Set (item 142134) and found myself using all of the doilies that Stampin’ Up! offers, so I thought I’d share how you can use all three doily varieties with this fun set.


The Delicate White Doilies (item 141701) coordinate with just about any color palette. I often use pieces of them rather than include the whole doily on one card.


For this first card, I cut the doily in half and layered the two pieces under a strip of Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (item 141984) and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (item 141981). The focal image was embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and cut out with the Big Shot (item 143263) and a Layering Circles Framelits Die (item 141705). Some gold twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (item 141999) was tied in a bow for a finishing touch. You’ll notice that I’m addicted to Baker’s Twine, too, but that will have to be discussed in another post!

Because you can never have too much of a good thing, it’s fun to layer different doily styles, as well.  With this next card, I layered a Cucumber Crush 2015–2017 In Color Doily (item 141674) over a Delicate White Doily.


The card base was made by stamping the Diagonal Stripe Stamp (item 141917) with Versamark ink (item 102283) on a piece of Real Red Cardstock (item 102482).The doilies and Baker’s Twine from Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (item 141983) and the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack were layered with a strip of Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper (item 141991) and Gold Glimmer Paper (item 133719). Some gold Metallic Sequins (item 138390) and fun Mini Jingle Bells (142002) were added as finishing touches.

On this last card, I used one of the gold Metallic Foil Doilies (item 138392). These come in two sizes (both gold and silver) and the larger one was used here.


A piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper was added to the card base, and a strip of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon was looped underneath the focal image. This image was embossed with Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 142635) and cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelits Die (item 138281).

Some sprigs of holly from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set (item 142061) and Holly Berry Punch (item 141843) were then added with some gold Baker’s Twine and Brights Enamel Shapes (item 141680).

I hope these projects will inspire you to give all of the different doily styles that Stampin’ Up! offers a try.  I’d love to see how you incorporate these versatile accessories into your own projects!

Amy O’Neill
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

Time is running out!

September Paper Pumpkin: Something Good to Eat

Whether you’re planning Thanksgiving, Halloween, or other fall festivities, Paper Pumpkin has everything you need. This month’s kit, Something Good to Eat, includes 16 food-safe treat tubes plus stamps, stickers, and embellishments to help you dress them up for any occasion.


This kit comes together quickly so you can party right away. No tricks, just treats! Watch it in action at PumpkinHowTo.com.

While you’re experimenting with your trendy treat tubes, don’t forget to try some other projects. Here are some additional ideas to get you started.

For instance, if you’re going for a strictly spooky theme for Halloween, pull in some holiday catalog products like the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape and Baker’s Twine. Then, stamp the Jack-o’-lantern face and bat from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set using a Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad.


The stamps in the kit are great for cardmaking too! Use the sentiment to stamp a fun background and banner. To achieve a two-tone pumpkin, stamp the solid pumpkin image on some scrap paper first, then (without re-inking) stamp it again to get a lighter tone. (This technique is called stamping off and it’s one that you can use again and again in your projects.) To finish, stamp the outline image on top of the solid image. (That’s called two-step stamping, another technique you’ll use a lot.)


Here’s another card with a completely different look, proving the versatility of this kit. When we were planning this stamp set, we couldn’t help but “oooh” and “ahhhh” over this adorable little sunflower! Isn’t it lovely? Use the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes to create a simply sunny card and you’re sure to put a smile on a friend’s face.


Now is a great time to stock up on refills so you can keep using the treat tubes for more projects this season. They’d be great filled with bath salts as a stocking stuffer or neighbor gift. Grab yours now before they disappear.


Speaking of disappearing, our BOGO offer will disappear on October 10! First-time subscribers can buy the October kit at regular price and get the November kit for FREE! Contact your demonstrator and use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com to get started. If you’re already a subscriber, be sure to tell your friends about this amazing offer before it’s too late!

*Fine Print: For first-time subscribers only, not valid on prepaid subscriptions. Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. After that, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Offer ends October

Ho Ho Ho

I painted this tree, from Santa’s Sleigh, on water color paper and then cut it out with the matching Thinlits dies, page 24 of the HC.  Tha Santa was stamped from the set Cookie Cutter Christmas, also on water color paper, and cut out with the matching punch, page 6 of the HC.

I used the negative piece of the cut out tree as a stencil, and sponged the tree on the card front.  I then, popped up with dimensionals, the cut tree and laid it on top of the stenciled image.  The sentiment is from the set Reason for the season, page 34 of the AC.   I thought it needed a little something so I added the Brights Sequins, page 177 in the AC.  It sounds like a lot of work but it was pretty simple.  What do you think?




Another Merry Mouse

I created this card from the set Merry Mice, page 23 of the HC.  The DSP is This Christmas Specialty paper, page 172 of the AC.  The gold twine is from the Baker’s Twine Trio, page 16 of the HC.  I water colored the image on water color paper and stamped it in Black Archival ink.  I used our classic inks and an aqua painter to color the image.



Candy Lane Christmas

Don’t you just love this DSP, Candy Cane Lane, page 5 of the HC?  I love the colors red, white and brown together.  It is so country.  You can do so much with this DSP, like cutting the images out and using them separately on a card or a gingerbread house.  The trees are from a set that we carried over from last year, Peaceful Pines, page 28 of the AC with the matching dies, Perfect Pines, page 192, same catalog.  I white embossed the trees on Early Espresso Card Stock.  Fun card.



Santa’s Sleigh

If you rec’d your Holiday catalog, you can find this set on page 24.  If you do not have a holiday catalog, please contact me and I will get one to you.  It has the matching thinlit dies where you can get a bundle price and save 10%.  Fantastic deal and such a wonderful set.  Has great images and also nice sentiments.  The bell is from the set Christmas Magic, page 22 and the sentiment is from the set Reason for the Season, page 34 in the Annual Catalog.  I used Crystal Effects on the bell and water colored the deer.




Merry Mice

I love this set, Merry Mice, page 23 of the HC.  I used the DSP from the AC, This  Christmas Specialty paper, page 172. I stamped the images on water color paper and colored them with the aqua painter, page 180 in the AC.  I used the top of our classic ink pads as a palette.  Sentiment is from the set, Embellished Ornaments, page 33 of the AC.  Card stock used for base card is Cherry Cobbler.


Winter some where but not here!

Living in South Carolina, we hardly get any fall, let alone winter.  However, I am not a stranger to snow.  Growing up in Syracuse, NY, we had the most unbelievable winter snow storms that when I finally left for the sunny south, I said I didn’t care if I ever saw snow again.

We moved to Atlanta and saw snow the first year there and then we moved here and saw the first snow again the winter after Hurricane Hugo hit. Of course, down here it is gone almost as soon as it hits the ground.  Although, I must admit sometimes it gets so cold down here (30’s) that I feel I should maybe move farther south.  My blood has certainly thinned. LOL

The background of this card is on watercolor paper washed with, Pacific Point, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise and Pool party.  The deer and trees are cut with the Framelit dies Merry Tags found on page 21 of the HC.  The snow is made with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, page 175 of the AC.  The sentiment is from the set Snow place, also from the AC on page 30.  The snow is splattered with a paint brush covered with a mixture of Whisper White craft Ink and water.

Fall Magic

I masked off this card on Whisper White CS to create the horizon.  Colors I used on this card were, Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Soft Sky.  The fence and pumpkins are cut from the Edgelits on page 52 in the HC.  The Wheat is made with shredding the burlap ribbon.  I finished off the card with Halloween Night’s Bakers Twine, page 51. Card base is Pumpkin Pie CS.

Polar Express?

Well maybe not, but this is sure an old fashion train decorated for the Holidays.  The stamp set used on this card is from the Holiday catalog.    Christmas Wishes on page 22 is so versatile.  What’s great about this set is all the lovely images and great sentiments.  I will get a lot of different cards out of this set.

I stamped the train with black archival ink on watercolor paper. I made a palette with our inks and used the aqua painter to color it.  Although, the North Pole sign is not on watercolor paper, I did the same here trying not to wet the whisper white paper very much.

I cut out the window with Lots of Labels Framelits, page 193 of the AC and added our foam adhesive strips, page 182, to pop up the window.  In addition, I used Soft Sky on the front of the card.

Pumpkin Patch

These pumpkins are from the set, Jar of Haunts, page 55 of the HC.  They are stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White card stock.  I colored with Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie markers.  The background paper is from the DSP, Halloween Night Specialty paper on page 51. I layers the pumpkins on our Silver Foil paper found in the AC on page 175.  Card base is Basic Black card stock.

Clean and Simple

Every now and then I like to do a clean and simple (CAS) card.  This stamp set, Cookie Cutter Halloween, page 53 of the HC, fits the bill for CAS.  Here I used the little scarecrow and colored him with our markers, and punched him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch, page 6 of the HC .  For the background I used the set Gorgeous Grunge, page 123 of the AC.  In addition, also from the AC, the sentiment is from the set Endless Thanks, page 42.  Hope you like it!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO


For the first time ever, first-time subscribers can buy one month at the regular price of $19.95 US/$26.95 CAD and get the second month FREE! It’s a Paper Pumpkin BOGO deal that you don’t want to miss!


Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service by Stampin’ Up! that delivers all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a papercrafting project. Everything is cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun!

Contact your demonstrator and use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.com to get started.

Fine Print: For first-time subscribers only, not valid on prepaid subscriptions. Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. After that, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Offer ends October 10, 2016.

Projects Filled with Project Life by Artisan Design Team member

Are you looking for new ways to use Project Life?

I always like to look for new projects, and I tend to use my Project Life cards for more than just scrapbooking; for instance, today I decided to put together a few 4″ x 4″ note cards using the Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection (item 141668). All of the cards are very simple and easy to put together. I used the Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory Pack (item 142687) to complement the cards with a few embellishments.


I used our Silver Glimmer Paper (item 135314) and the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (item 140619) to accent the cards. To create the little tags, I used Old Olive Cardstock (item 100702) along with some Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682). They’re super-simple cards to put together as there’s no stamping or cutting required. BONUS, right? That’s the beauty of Project Life.




Now, to add in a little extra fun, I made a Project Life frame. I’ve loved these kinds of projects lately, and I have decided to put together two walls of family love in our living room. Here is where this frame will be added.


Last fall we had family photos taken at an old barn near our house. Gosh, I am such a fan of vintage settings for photos; they never fail, I find. We had just gotten our little puppy a few months prior, so it was a perfect time to snap the family. Our kids were the focal point in these photos—as they usually are! How can they not be when they are just so sweet together? These times are precious as they only last for so long.



I used Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) to glue down each of the cards, and yes, this is a permanent adhesive, but I was okay with that. If you don’t want it to be permanent, you can adhere the cards with Velcro®; this lets you reuse the cards for another project. I also used Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) to adhere some of the cards and doubled up on a few to create more of a pop.


I hope you enjoyed my projects today and that I was able to inspire you to make a fun project using Project Life. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box; it will never fail to amaze you!

Joyce Fowler
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016