Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Christmas Tradition - From my Kitchen!

Merry Christmas Eve my friends! 

Today's post is all about a special tradition in my home, 
the annual baking of the White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti. 
It's in short, AMAZING! 

This recipe has been a favorite of my family and friends for many, many years. I make it each Christmas and if I make it too early, there is NONE left for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 

I have to share, in the interest of full disclosure, that I am NOT an awesome cook by any means. My wonderful hubby does most of the cooking in our home. 
I can cook, but I don't enjoy it like he does. 
What I do love however, is baking
I spent many hours baking with both my Mom and my Grandma while growing up and there's often nothing I enjoy more than baking something special for people I love. 

So, because I love you guys a LOT....
I put my recipe in a downloadable pdf file for you. :)
If I can't bake it FOR you, at least I can share my recipe!

Here is the link:

I hope you have time to create this baked specialty for your friends and family this year. Make it and serve it with your New Year's Day coffee - it will be a great addition to your breakfast!

Have a wonderful day everyone!
I hope you get to create something fun today. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Birthday Blooms Sneak Peek, Day 2!

As promised yesterday, I'm sharing a few cards this week with the new stamp set Birthday Blooms. 
It's coming out in the Occasions Catalog on January 5th!

The new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper makes a perfect accent for the NEW coordinating designer paper too! 
You're going to LOVE the Occasions Catalog this year - be sure to let me know if you need a copy of your own. 

Tell me, do you love the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper? 

Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Birthday Blooms Sneak Peek

So, its Christmas week. 
What better time to share a series of posts that feature.......

a Sneak Peek of a NEW floral birthday stamp set! 
Yep. Perfect! 
Here's the first one:

The NEW Occasions Catalog makes it's debut on January 5th and this gorgeous stamp set can be yours!~ 
If you don't have a copy of the catalog yet, please message me and let me know you need one. 
I'm happy to send it if you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator or aren't already one yourself. 

So, tell me, what do you like best about this card? 

Happy stampin'! 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Endless Thanks Cards

Know what I love? 
I love a great card design. 
A great card design that looks fabulous in different color combinations. 
Like this: 

Both of these cards were created using the same layout design and the same stamp set - Endless Thanks, but the different colors make them each individually special!
You could whip up a whole bunch of these and give them as a gift - everyone needs greeting cards ya know. :)

It'll be even easier to make these when you have the step-by-step instructions! 

So, who do you know that sends a lot of cards? Do you think they'd like these? 

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Have a great evening~~

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Touch of Springtime Cards

Just popping by today to share more "happy mail" with you!
I love having friends who make pretty cards - don't you? 
Even more that they send them with sweet messages inside. :)

With the recent turn of the weather to freezing cold - which by the way is completely appropriate for DECEMBER! - I thought I'd post these two beauties for those of you who are already longing for the warmer temperatures of Spring and Summer. LOL! 

That's it for today, keeping it short and sweet - just some handmade eye candy! 
Have a wonderful Sunday, hope you get time to craft something fun today. :)

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sweet Treat Packaging and Tags

If you're like me, you may be finishing up your Christmas baking and treat making this weekend. I'm way behind this year, mainly because we've already eaten or given away most of the first batches we baked Thanksgiving weekend! LOL!
We intended to get a head start this year, which we did.....
but it doesn't do any good if we can't keep our fingers out of the cookie jar! 

Anyway, all that to say if you're taking the time to make wonderful baked goods and sweet treats for friends and family, they definitely deserve some awesome cutie-patootie packaging like this: 

These adorable packages were dropped off at my door by my sweet friend Diana Eichfeld. She created them with the Oh, What Fun tag kit and some great basic Stampin' Up! packaging. 
You can use any snowflake stamp set along with White Craft ink to decorate the boxes. It's so beautiful on the natural background. 

And the Oh, What Fun Tag Project Kit is actually ON SALE for just $14.70 during the Year-End Clearance Sale!
Be sure to check all the great deals when you shop in my Online Store. 
I hope these lovely packages inspire some ideas for your own homemade treats! 
Have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Groovy Love Z-Fold Card

Ok, ONE more Valentine card!
Here's a fun z-fold card that uses - Christmas themed paper! 
Shocker, right? 

I used the fun Real Red and Smoky Slate pinstripe paper from the Merry Moments pack of Designer Series Paper. 
Ya' know, it pays to take a second look at what seems to be supplies for only a singular holiday.

The fold on this card is easy. 
  • Cut your card base at 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Score in half at 5 1/2". 
  • Score one more time at 2 3/4". 
  • Fold as shown to make the z-fold.

Here's a complete supply list of products I used to make this fun card:

As always, you can simply click on any of the thumbnail photos above to Shop in my Online Store. It's open 24/7!

While you're there, be sure to check out the Pre-Paid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions. 

These are a FABULOUS gift for ANY Crafter, beginner to expert!
Place an order for ANY Pre-Paid Subscription and I'll send you an e-gift card that you can tuck in a stocking or card to give in time for Christmas.
They will be thanking you all year long! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - now, go create something fun!

Don't forget about the Weekly Deals! 
Great prices on some Spring-y crafting supplies!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Is it Too Early for Valentine's Cards?

I sure hope it's not too early for Valentine's Day ideas - because that's what I've been working on! 
Here's another card I created with the Groovy Love stamp set: 

This would be a great card for any special guy or gal, plus it was super quick to put together. 
Here's a supply list for you: 

As always, simply click on any of the thumbnail photos to shop in my Online Store. 
I'm pretty sure you're not stamping Valentine's cards today, but you can tuck this away for when you need an idea! 

Don't forget the Weekly Deals!~
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NEW Sneak Peek - Going Global Meets World Map

I hope ya'll are ready for some fabulous NEW crafting toys and tools in January - lemme tell ya', there's a LOT to LOVE about the NEW Occasions Catalog. 

Like this GORGEOUS Blooming' Hearts Thinlits Die for example:

Isn't that cut out heart STUNNING?!?!
The Die set comes with the heart die and two flower dies that match the sizes of the flowers on the heart itself. You are going to LOVE it! 
And the new Bloomin' Love stamp set coordinates perfectly - and even better, it's in a bundle with the dies. :)

You'll be able to purchase all the new products in January, including that gorgeous Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. ;)
Here's the supply list of items that are currently available: (I can't post the ones that are part of the sneak peek just yet!)

Glad you stopped by to visit today! 
I hope you have time to create something pretty before the day is over - crafting therapy from the crazy holiday season.... 

Don't miss the Weekly Deals
Shop in my Online Store at this link: 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Clean and Simple Thank You Cards

I'm sharing a couple more "happy mail" cards that I've received over the past few months. 
I love a clean and simple style of card and these two both fit that category even though they are very different!
Here, take a look:

I <3 the white space on this one! 

And I <3 the cool design of this one!

Here's a supply list that covers both of these cards:

As always, you can click on any of the thumbnail photos above to shop in my Online Store. 
Have an amazing day everyone - I hope you get to stamp something fun!

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Very Special Birthday Card

My daughter turns 18 today. 
If you've lived this milestone with one of your own, you KNOW the emotions, and I could write a novel about what I'm feeling today....

Anyway, I'll spare you the details. 
But I KNOW you KNOW! 

So, funny thing, Emma came to me on Thursday last week and reminded me that her party was the following weekend and 
GASP.....(BIG Deep Breath!)

Or something like that. 
And you know how it goes, 
of COURSE I made them!
Because, well, because I can't look at that face and say no...

Honestly, at almost 18, I'm beyond grateful that she still wants her Mom to make her party invites, know what I mean? 

AND it gave me a chance to play with some new products from the Occasions Mini catalog too! 
The Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper is brand new AND that awesome circle stamp is in the New Project Life Stamp Set 'Memories in the Making'. LOVE it! 
All the rest is currently available - here's the supply list:

I hope you all have a fantastic day! 
I've got some birthday plans to finalize so we can celebrate BIG tonight! 

Here's a pic of the Birthday Girl! 

Happy, Amazing Birthday Emma - YOU are the best thing in our lives and we love you with all our hearts. ~~ Mom and Dad

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Flowers in Winter Thank You Cards

Just wanted to share a couple more cards that came to me as "Happy Mail" over the past few months! 
I love opening my mailbox and finding beautiful handmade artwork inside!

Today's cards are made with products from pages 112-113 of the Idea Book and Catalog: 

Here are a few of the products that were used to create these lovely cards: 

As always, you can click on any of the thumbnails photos to shop in my Online Store! 

Have a fantastic day friends! 

Don't forget the Year-End Clearance Sale and the 
Weekly Deals! 
You can click this link here to Shop Now!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Farmer's Market Card Ideas

Over the past several months, I received lots of "happy mail". 
Cards from some of my stampin' friends from all over the US and Canada. It's always fun to open the mailbox and find a folded hug in there! 

Since we're kinda in between creating for Christmas and Valentine's Day, and I can't tease you TOO much with Sneak Peeks from the New Occasions Catalog, I though I'd share some of these beautiful cards with you over the next week or so. 

The two cards today feature the Farmers Market Designer Paper and the In Color Striped Cotton Ribbon:

I love both of these cards - each beautiful in their own way. Clean and simple style and stepped up style! 
Here are a few of the products that were used to create these beauties: 

As always, you can click on any of the thumbnail photos to shop in my Online Store! 

Have a wonderful day everyone - go stamp something fun!

Don't forget! 
The Year-End Clearance Sale is going on NOW! 
Shop Now at

And don't miss the Weekly Deals! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Apple of My Eye - Another Sneak Peek!

Are you getting tired of seeing these stamp images yet??
No? Good! 
Because I LOVE this stamp set. 
These images and greetings are fresh and fun and there are SO many things you can do with them! 

Here are the last two in a set of 5 cards:

These images were combined with another new stamp set called Timeless Textures - another fave! 
You'll be seeing a LOT of that one as well. :)

Do you have a new Occasions Catalog on the way to you? 
If you aren't currently working with another demonstrator, or aren't one yourself, I'd be happy to send you a catalog to enjoy. 
Simply email me at 

For now, here's a few reminders as we get closer to Christmas: 

Weekly Deals!
Don't miss the great pricing on the Precision Base Plate and the Bitty Banners Framelits!

The Year-End Clearance in my Online Store Clearance Rack began on Thursday!
There are still fabulous bargains to be had - don't miss them! 
Shop NOW!!

Need a great gift for the crafty and creative people on your list??
I offer Gift Certificates in ANY denomination
Email me at to order yours. 
I'll include a handmade Christmas card by me with your printed, personalized Gift Certificate!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Year-End Clearance Sale Begins TODAY!

Today's the day! 
The Year-End Clearance Sale is starting! 

Shop in my Online Store Now for best selection of products. 
Savings up to 60% OFF!!

Click here to SHOP NOW:
Happy Shopping and SAVING!
Just remember - items are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY!

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