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Amazing Good Deals — It’s Year End Cleaning Time for Stampin’ Up!


Stampin' Up! Year End Closeout

Amazing things are going to be available as crazy good deals!

Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning (I should be doing the same!!), and they’ve got some great deals to offer us!  These  Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products.

When?  December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017

All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of my online store.

Your year-end closeout items may be added a workshop or customer order, either online or with me placing your order for you.

Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.

High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3.

Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will be only available while supplies last.

Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.

And now…………the list of items that will be carried over until at least May 31, 2017:

2016 HOliday Catalog Carryover List

Holiday Catalog Carryover List, part 1 Holiday Catalog Carryover List, part 2 Holiday Catalog Carryover List, part 3 Holiday Catalog Carryover List, part 4

Finally, I check in for Jury Duty this morning at 8:00 a.m.  It’s important to me to do my civic duty but…….this is lousy timing!  I have 4 gals coming for a stamping weekend and, well, go figure, I still have some tidying up and prepping to do before they arrive at noon on Friday–like tomorrow.  And I might not even be able to be here!  One thing is for sure:  they know where my stampin’ studio is, where supplies are and what they plan on stamping.  It’ll be a fun weekend for all.

Pssst.  You can do your retired item (and other goodies) shopping in my Stampin’ Up! store here.








2 In Christmas/ Classes & Events/ Punches

November’s Card Buffet Participant Modifications

I really look forward to my monthly Card Buffets and another thing I look forward to is the ways participants modify their cards.

Here are two that I snapped photos of.  First my card, then the modification.

Card 8: Musical JOY

Card 8: Musical JOY


And here is the card as Karen and Rose modified it:

Diagonal JOY


The second modified card is this simple-ish one using three Santa/Elf hats.  Here’s my version:

Card 7: Merry Christmas Hats

Card 7: Merry Christmas Hats


And here is Elizabeth’s version:

Elizabeth's hat card

This card looks very clean and simple but, if you look carefully there are quite a few little steps along the way.

  • coloring the striped hats with markers
  • punching all three hats — and getting the pieces aligned in the punch
  • stamping the pompoms and punching them individually
  • stamping the fur rims of the hats and them punching them individually
  • striking the lines along the four sides of the card

That still doesn’t really look like a long process but when you’re trying to make eight cards in 2-1/2 hours, while chatting and having some fun…….well, every little step adds up.

The other more time consuming card that seemed quick an easy, especially when the circles and letters were pre-die-cut  was the JOY card above.  It was those pesky little stars that took some time attaching to the card front.  There is a great punch for punching gobs of stars with one squeeze, but attaching them still takes time.

I have an eight page PDF of all eight cards, complete with color card photo, supplies used, all measurements and step by step instructions available for the holiday price of $3.00.  Just click the PayPal button below.  As soon as I receive your payment, I will email your PDF directly to your inbox.



Don’t forget that today is the last day to take advantage of the 25% discount on some Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that will coordinate especially well with the new Stitched Framelits.  The framelits are currently on backorder but you can order them and be notified when they are back in stock.  Go for it!



0 In Deals & Discounts

Gone Tomorrow: 25% Off of Select Stamp Sets

Stitched From the Heart special offer

Stampin’ Up! has celebrated throughout the month of November by offering us 25% off on stamp sets from the Holiday and the Annual Catalog ~ but…..the sale ends TOMORROW!

This sale includes certain stamp sets that will work well with the Stitched from the Heart Framelits.  Check them out in this video:

Here’s a list of the stamp sets:

25% off these selected stamp sets


screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-7-27-11-am screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-7-27-55-am screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-7-28-06-am 25% OFF THESE SETS THROUGH NOV 30, 2016


I’m kind of up against the wire these days.  Today is my last Card Buffet of the year.  Two tutorials are available in case you can’t attend in person.

Tomorrow, if called, I’m on tap for Jury Duty here in Tuolumne County.  Our court is about 15 miles away.  And to put the lovely Tuolumne Country in perspective, Yosemite National Park is located in our county.  It’s so beautiful!

Then this weekend I’m hosting ‘the girls’ who come every first weekend in December to make their Christmas cards.  Russ (hubby) waits on us after I’ve made the first cocktail which, this year, will be a rather decadent White Chocolate Peppermint Martini!  It’s a busy, productive, fun packed weekend.

I wish you all a productive stamp-a-lot week.





0 In Deals & Discounts

Online Extravaganza Ends Today!

Would you believe it’s already November 28th?  That means it’s the last day of Stampin’ Up’s Extravaganza.

online extravaganza promo 28 Nov only

And today is also the 24-Hour Flash Sale for these few items:Nov 28, 2016 40% off offers

Check out the other items offered at varying discounts here.  (Again I can’t get the pdf uploaded to this page so please click on the link to the earlier post.  So frustrating!)  The link is near the bottom of the page.  Sorry for the inconvenience but thank goodness for links.

Remember, you can purchase these discounted items right here in my Stampin’ Up! online store.





0 In All Occasion/ Gifts

Need a Last Minute Gift?

I’m sure we all always need a little gift at the last minute and here’s an easy way to be prepared.  Have some Stampin’ Up! gusset bags on hand plus an assortment of pre-stamped and ready-to-go gift tags and you’re 2/3 of the way there.

6" x 17" gussetted cello bag, 142001, $6.30 through Nov. 28th ($9.00 regular price)

Through the 28th the 6″ x 17″ gusseted cello bag is on sale. Item #142001 Regular $9, now $6.30 for 25 food safe bags.  This bag happily accommodates a bottle of wine or ‘the bubbly’ or sparkling apple cider.


3" x 6" cello food safe gusseted bags, #141704

Also available are 3″ x 6″ gusseted bags, perfect for cookies or candies or perhaps a Christmas ornament. Item #141704 for 25 food safe cello bags.


You can pick up the gusseted bag/s or any other holiday products from my online store.  Be sure to check out this PDF (link is just below) for a listing of all items offered in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 OnLine Extravaganza that will be ending on November 28th.

Nov 2016 Online Extravaganza PDF

(You’ll have to click on the red link for the PDF on the page that comes up.  Sorry, I can’t figure out another way to add the PDF again.  Maybe I’ll get some technological skills for Christmas!)

Have a safe and wonderful day.





0 In Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

The Tin Man

He has many outfits from a reindeer at Christmas to an Easter Bunny, to a school bus and more. He’s definitely ‘eye candy’ for the motorist.


This cute guy above lives along Hwy 108, driving northeast “up the hill” from the big city of Sonora on the way to Mi Wuk Village, where I live, and beyond.

I’d like to take a few minutes this morning to offer thanks and gratitude to you, my readers and customers and stamping pals.  You make my days complete and fulfilling.  I’ve made so many wonderful friends through Stampin’ Up! whether at stamping events or a my local library classes.  Stamping is a great therapeutic endeavor and I’m so glad I’m stumbled upon it over 20 years ago.

I know not everyone will be with family today.  And many will be raw with a recent loss to their family.  But please, take a moment to find a bit of something to be grateful for.  If no one’s around to hear it, speak to the wall.  Or a photo.  Just let the words come out of your body.

My mantra for this Thanksgiving:  I am grateful.










0 In 3-D Projects/ Big Shot/ Christmas/ Designer Series Papers

Countdown to Christmas Cubes – Final Touch Added

I was feeling a little unsettled with the ‘final’ look of the trays for my Countdown to Christmas cubes which I shared here originally.

Finished trays

The area for decoration on the plain tray is only a half inch high so here’s what I ended up doing:

Trimmed Countdown to Christmas Cubes

I added a 1/4″ strip of Glimmer Paper (varying colors) encircling the tray, attached with  Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  It’s a small but very satisfying improvement.

I hope you’ve chosen to make a set or two of these.  They’re so easy.  Semi quick.  The most time consuming part is attaching the numbers and then the 1/4″ strip of glimmer paper.  The boxes are 3″ cubes so the Designer Series Papers were cut to 2-7/8″ squares and attached with either the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Fast Fuse.  Click on any of the supplies below to be taken directly to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Have fun!  Questions?  Just ask me.



These are the products I used:



Again, go for it! Try making a set of these cubes. They’re so darned cute.




0 In Birthday/ Christmas/ Masculine/ Techniques

Throwback Thursday – Check Out These O.L.D. Cards

The other day my husband was going through a paper bag of his son’s various papers.  I’ve mentioned before that this young man lost his battle with ALS in March of 2013.  We had been his caregivers for about 2-1/2 years.  He was a quite handsome dude but not really the huggy, touchy/feel-y type.  Both Russ and I were surprised at all of the hand-stamped cards he had saved!  Russ (hubby) was as touched as I was.

I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in 1996 and I know a few of these cards were from close to that date.  That said…….check these out:

Fishing Bear

And I thought this card was really really cool.

Check out the Happy Birthday greetings!

I know I just loved this stamp set. Long gone.  I even used the deckle edged scissors to cut that oval shape.  Sponging around the oval.  Hand printed Happy Birthday.  And I’m sure I used a “Spectrum Pad”, one that had pie wedge shaped colors.


Cozy Christmas??

I just loved and still do love embossing. But this was a lot of embossing.  And look!  Copper Embossing powder was IN then.  (I do still have that original Copper EP.)


Great fishing stamp

Great fishing stamp!  Handsome Hunter card stock?


Happy Birthday.

I guess I was trying another style this particular year.


Masked fishing birthday card

I used this masking technique for one of November’s library cards just last week!


Joy penguins

More embossing. Oh my, did we love those penguins!  Corner rounding holly punch.  Chalk.


As you can maybe tell, Jeff (and his dad and brother) was very much into fishing.  I can’t believe that none of the cards had a date inside.  Nor was there a ‘hand-stamped by…’ stamp on the back.  Live and learn.  Lesson for you:  always put a hand-stamped by image on the back of your lovingly hand-stamped cards.  Then write your name and the date!  Posterity will want to know that in later years.




0 In 3-D Projects/ Announcements/ Paper Pumpkin

One Great Year 2017 Paper Pumpkin Calendar Update

If you were a Paper Pumpkin subscriber last year, then you must be sad that time is running out on your One Great Year calendar.

2015 One Great Year Paper Pumpkin Kit free gift

2015 One Great Year Paper Pumpkin Kit free gift offer


But wait!  There’s no need to worry—Stampin’ Up! has a surprise for you!  It was a surprise to me earlier this morning.  Click here to download an updated template for 2017. Simply print it on cardstock (I’m going to use the Whisper White Thick card stock), cut it out, and carefully reassemble the calendar so you’re all set for the new year. “You’re welcome” from Stampin’ Up!.

I’m thrilled with this offer since my One Great Year Calendar sits on a little chest in my stampin studio and I check it all the time.

Paper Pumpkin One Great Year Calendar 2016

Now we have the gift of a 2017 Calendar – just print it out via the ‘click here’ link above.






0 In Project Life/ Scrapbooking

Let’s Do Some Project Life for December 2016

Project Life, if you aren’t familiar with it yet, is a very easy way to do some memory keeping.  It’s an easy way to organize your photos into albums with only a few basic supplies.

Here’s a perfect project for you:

In the Holiday 2016, pgs 30 and 31, the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection and Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack are featured.

When we (yes you and me I hope) create this album, we’ll be capturing some of our favorite December moments.  Just take a photo or two or three each day in  December.  This could be activities you’re involved in like writing letters to Santa, events you attend, or event traditions you and your family enjoy, like baking cookies, going Christmas caroling or making your own Christmas cards!

Prior to December (like almost n-o-w) you prepare your album.  That way, as the month of December unfolds, all you have to do is add photos and do some journaling each day.  At the end of the month you’ll have a completed album you can look back on for many years to come, complete with smiles and memories.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Once you have these pages in your album you can start inserting your cards.

There are quite a few layout pages that have 12 two inch square pockets.  Take these 7 cards and cut them as described below.  FYI:  I waited until I actually needed the 1-15/16″ cards to insert in my pockets just to be sure they were the right ones.  You can call me “Coward”.  🙂

7 cards from the 2016 PL Card Collection

Cut two pieces at 1-15/16″ with a left over strip.

2 pieces at 1-15/16" with leftover rectangle

Also cut a bunch of 1-15/16″ square pieces from Real Red, Emerald Envy and Whisper White cardstocks.  Cut more as you need them.

Now it’s time to check out these layouts. I’ve put them on a separate page since there are so many (like 25) photos!

Once you have your photos ready to insert, you might want to move some of these cards around, but this is a great way to get yourself ready to go.  It took me about an hour to place all of the pieces.  If you’re curious, I found this great Stampin’ Up! video for getting started with my pages.

The first time I did a December Project Life album was in 2014 and it took me quite a while to place my cards.  This time I followed Stampin’ Up!’s layout suggestions and I’m sure that as I print my December photos, it will be so much easier and far less ‘painful’ to place my either or both my photos and my cards.  I do have five leftover photo pocket pages which I’m sure I’ll have no problem filling in with extra photos and cards.

Who will accept my challenge to create a December 2016 Project Life memory album along with me?

Simply take a photo or two every day in December and then add it (or them) along with some journaling to your prepared pages and you’ll be (almost) d-o-n-e on January 1st, 2017.  Won’t that be an awesome, amazing feeling!?

You can order your album, card collection and accessory packs and photo pocket pages in my online store here.  Or call me and I’ll place your order for you.  I know you’ll be so pleased with your results!










0 In Deals & Discounts/ Stampin' Up! Events

HUGE Online Sale Starts Today

Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Online Extravaganza! sale kicks off TOMORROW (November 21) with a handful of items that are discounted for one day only.  The list includes three bundles that are unique to this promotion and two must-have tools at a big discount.  Here’s a look at those items:

24 Hr. Flash Sale November 21, 2016

24 hour sale….November 21st only! Shop in my online store,

Go to my Stampin’ Up! online store here to shop for these deals. 

Save 20% or 30% on these select products.

November 21 Extravaganza discounted items

Be sure to pay attention to the special item numbers for each offering.

Don’t forget about the other items that are being offered this week.

Products on sale 21-28 November 2016

Click back to this post to see the entire PDF of items being offered during this sale.  It’s near the bottom on the page.  Be especially aware of the items marked with *asterisks*.  They indicate retirement of an item or availability only while supplies last.

Have fun shopping.  Be sure to email me, text or call (209-352-1059) if you have any questions.








0 In 3-D Projects/ Big Shot/ Christmas/ Decor/ Designer Series Papers

What I Finished This Weekend – Countdown to Christmas Boxes

Success!  After some trial and error I finally worked out what is for me perfect little trays for my 3 sets of boxes.  Best news is that each tray only uses half a sheet of card stock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.


Score all 4 sides at 1/2" and 1"Imagine (or pretend) that this photo is clocked 90 degrees to the left so it’s vertical rather than horizontal.  You need to score all four sides at 1/2″ and 1″.


Template for Christmas Coundown Tray

Below: cut off the four outside corners as shown in the photo below.  Also cut along the broken lines along the long edges, stopping the cut at the 1″ score line.  Trim the side of the little piece on each corner so it fits better when the box shape is formed.  Take note of where to place the Fast Fuse Adhesive along each side of the unformed box.  When you tuck the corner flap in place it will be secured between the folded edges.

Cut away the corner pieces

Below:  another visual ready to be put together.

Cut and scored tray

The plan for these trays is that they be 1/2″ high on all four side.  By scoring at both 1″ and 1/2″ you can place the Fast Fuse adhesive on the inside and then fold the two glued edges onto each other for strength and a nice smooth “top” of all four side edges.

Finished trays

I haven’t mentioned the numbers or Designer Series Papers yet.  The Designer Series Papers are cut to 2-7/8″ square pieces.  Just adhere them to each side of the gift boxes using Fast Fuse or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

I used the Big Shot and the Large Numbers Framelits for the numbers.   Really!  You’ll need two each of the 0, 1 and 2 and one each of the remaining numbers.  In hindsight it seems you can safely place your number in the direction of the pattern of a designer paper.  I didn’t, keeping exactly with the direction found on my own desktop perpetual calendar.  You can see a few of my numbers being 90 degrees off from a pattern.  Don’t worry about doing what I did!  Here’s the number layout:

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I think you can sometimes count on me to make a task harder than necessary.  I just realized:

  • Box 1:  Numbers 0-1-2-3-4-5
  • Box 2: Numbers 0-1-2-6-7-8
  • Remember, the 6 and the 9 are interchangeable!

This is a far easier project that it might appear.  I’ve done the hard work in troubleshooting the tray so your job, should you choose to make one or two of these, is really quite easy.

  • Cut 2-7/8″ designer series paper squares – HINT: attach them to the box sides before the boxes are shaped.
  • Die cut numbers and attach to appropriate sides of boxes.
  • Make tray.

And you know, you could use this project, probably with different Designer Series Papers, for a year round perpetual center.

Enjoy!  I had fun making them.  Now I can give them to my grandchildrens’ families at Thanksgiving so they can keep watch on the approach of Christmas in the weeks to come.