Saturday, September 5, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin Two for One Expires in a Few Days

Hi crafting buddies ... you only have a few days (until September 10th) to sign up for one awesome paper crafting monthly subscription.   For just about $20 a month (including shipping) you will receive an orange box in the mail every month until you decide to cancel.  There are absolutely no obligations to continue. Click here to check it out!

And, if you act before September 10th, you can get two months for the price on one!!!  So for just $20 you will get two months of My Paper Pumpkin!   This is a perfect monthly kit for the person who wants to make some cards occasionally, who doesn't want to accumulate a whole bunch of product, and who likes a monthly surprise.   Some months you will make some cute things that aren't cards.   But, most months you will make card/gift giving/home décor items ...

Try it, I really think you will love it!  Most months you will receive a small ink pad or two and a stamp set.   After 12 months, you will have 12 small ink pads (different colors) and several stamp sets for many occasions.   Purchase a few sheets of card stock, and this will be all you need to make cards for every occasion all year long.   Trust me ... it's an awesome deal!

HURRY ... Two for one offer expires 9/10/1!

Here are some samples from prior months ...


Thursday, August 6, 2015

More Birthday Cards

Here are some more beautiful cards I received for my birthday ...

Neily ... always special cards.   The photo does not show the beauty of this card where she sponged colors over shimmer paper.   It is just beautiful in real life!!!  Thank you Neily!

Sheila, love, love, love it!   Love your originality!   Thank you!

... and then Susan ... always exquisite!  Love your use of the gold foil papers!  Again, the photos do nothing for these gorgeous cards.   Thank you so much Susan!

Stay tuned for some upcoming videos ... I have a lot to share from convention!
Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Birthday Cards

... and here are some more of the beautiful cards I received for my recent birthday ...

This first one is from Lorena ... actually I received this before I left.  She was off for a vacation and wanted to make sure I got it before I left, too.   Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness!   This is a fun fold card.   The little white "button" holds down the top.   It opens up from the top.   Always beautiful cards from Lorena!  Thank you so much!

... and then there's my "PERFECT" sister.   Check out the detail on this beauty!  Beautiful embossing and layers.   It wasn't easy growing up with a perfect sister just 16 months older, but I wouldn't trade her for the world.   What an inspiration ... love you sis!!!

... and then Mary Jo's beautiful MDS card.   I know you were so disappointed when Stampin' Up! discontinued My Digital Studio, but hopefully you got enough to keep going.   I love, love this design.   Your cards are always beautiful.   Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Stay tuned for a few more cards ... Just love sharing these beauties!

Hostess Code through 8/22/15 - PRC66A4C -- shop here!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

More Birthday Cards

As promised, here are some more cards I received for my birthday...

This first one is from Jane ... Jane's been through so much but still had time to make this beauty.   Thank you Jane ...

... and then there's the queen of beautiful color cards.   Kim, I always admire your color combinations.   Always love the simplicity of your cards, too!   Thank you!

... and then there's Linda from PA ...   love, love your cards ... always!   Thank you!

I hope you are getting inspired by some of these beautiful cards.   Stay tuned for some instructional videos.
And if you so inspired, check out the clearance rack on my site.   The hostess code through August 22nd is PRC66A4C.  Place an order and be eligible for the $25 product drawing!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Today I'd like to feature a few more of my birthday cards...
Thank you to Dorinda ... you have come a long way baby ... love this card!!!
... and Alyse ... every one of your cards are beautiful!

Thank you for thinking of me ...
... and I forgot to mention in my last blog ... the convention was awesome!   Wait until you see the new Holiday Mini catalog.   OMG ... I want it all!   The catalogs should be arriving to you mid August.   You can start purchasing from the mini catalog September 1.   Now if you are a demonstrator, you can start purchasing August 4th.   Contact me at to see how you can join the fun.   Would love to have you on my team!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Birthday Cards

I recently celebrated my birthday while attending Stampin' Up convention in Salt Lake City.  When I returned home late Sunday night, I was blessed with many homemade cards from my stamping buddies, along with many beautiful purchased cards.  For the sake of my stamping blog, I'd like to share some of the homemade cards with you, my followers, over the next week or so.

While at convention I got inspired to try and make some videos.   So enjoy these cards until I get the videos rolling. ..

The first card is from Gayle.  Just love her cards..  Thank you Gayle...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fall Retreat Class Options

It's that time of year that our Fall Stamping Retreat near Asheville, NC is just around the corner and the teachers are busy, busy, busy getting their classes prepared.   Now it's your time to let us know which of the following five classes you would like to take!  Email me at to order your classes.  The charges for the classes and times are posted below.    

If you have not signed up for retreat but want to come, the deadline to register for fall retreat is July 31, 2015.    So HURRY ... we have 3 seats left!  Again, email me at to get your registration forms.

#1 - ONE SHEET COLLAGE WONDER - Neily Trump - $12
Friday @ 2 p.m.

We'll be creating our own unique 12 x 12 Designer Paper using scrap paper and glue, and maybe a little ink.  Then we'll cut our newly created paper to decorate 20 - yes! 20! - notecards for various occasions.
I'll supply:  20 notecards (5" x 3.5") with envelopes, 12" x 12" starter sheet of paper, assorted scrap Designer Series Paper, pre-cut greetings ("Hello", "Thanks", etc.), and 2-way glue pens.
You bring:  scissors, SNAIL, bone folder, favorite small stamps and punches (3/4" or smaller), scraps of Designer Series Paper, helpful (but optional) items to bring: non-stick kraft mat, paper trimmer.

#2 - BOYS TO MEN PUNCH ART CARDS -  Judie Fiegel - $12.00 
Saturday @ 2 p.m.

4 CARDS : 2 boys’ – Batman and Skateboards + 2 men’s – BBQ Apron and Bird on a Fencepost PLUS:  Illustrated ‘recipes’ for all 12 boys’ and all 22 men’s cards
I will provide: glue dots, dimensionals, double-sided tape, all card stock, as many pre-punched pieces as appropriate to make assembly of each card easier and something special.
You need to bring:   snips (there is just a little fussy cutting), another form of adhesive (if you have a favorite), and a smile.

#3 - CARDS ARE A PIECE OF CAKE  - The Tennessee Connection - Peggy and June - $12.00
Saturday @ 7 p.m.

These cards are a “piece of cake”!  In our class you’ll be making 5 cards (envelopes and inserts included) using the Build a Birthday stamp set, Cherry on Top DSP Pack, Cherry on Top Washi Tape, and sentiments from Endless Birthday Wishes and/or Endless Thanks stamp sets.  You’ll also receive a coordinating “to-go piece of cake” using the new Cutie Pie Thinlets.

#4 - LOTS OF CHRISTMAS JOY  - Alvie Deilman - $11
Saturday @ 9 a.m.

For this class you will make four (4) projects using the new Lots of Joy stamp set and the new Merry Moments DSP.

* Noel Ornament
* 25 cent Tree Mini Hershey treat holder
* Ornamental Ball Triple gift card holder 
* Merry Christmas Re-closeable treat card

Most pieces will be pre-cut and pre-scored.  Written instructions
for all projects will be included.  Candy also included. I’ll also
show how to easily convert the gift card holder from a triple
holder to a double holder and will provide an alternate use for
the ornament.

Supplies Used:  Stamp Sets:  Lots of Joy - Designer Paper:  Merry Moments - Card Stock (8 ½ x 11):  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Whisper White - Ink Pads:  Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Memento Black - Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive - Accessories:  Real Red ¼” Cotton Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels - Die Cutting/Embossing:  Big Shot, Lucky Stars embossing folder (retired), Gift Bow BigZ die - Punches:  Tree, Ornate Tag Topper, Bow Builder, 1” Square, 1 3/8” Circle, Postage Stamp (retired) - Scoring/Folding:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Envelope Punch Board - Adhesives:  Double sided tape, Tombow Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Supplies you need to bring to class:  Tombow Glue or glue of your choice (2-way Glue Pen is not sticky enough), Double sided tape, Snail or other adhesive of choice, Scissors/Snips & Bone Folder
#5 - 8 x 8 Collage Canvas Home Décor - Sherahl Weadon - $15
Friday @ 7 p.m.

Make a beautiful Home Décor project by inking and hand-stamping an 8x8 canvas with Stampin’ Up! Inks and then highlighting with special blocks of art created by you.  We’ll be using the following stamp sets:  Everything Eleanor, Gorgeous Grunge, Trust God and Papillion

Please bring to class:  SU! Inks (if you have them) Creamy Caramel, Marina Mist and Pacific Point, one SU
Sponge (cut in thirds), and Stampin’ Dimensionals. Make
sure your ink pads have been recently refilled.   Keep this work of art for yourself or give as a gift!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015-16 Stampin' Up! Catalog Goes Live!

Yes, it's live!!!    Start shopping today!   There are just too many goodies to choose from.   However, if you place an order using this hostess code ... X9Q4EK3F ... before June 15th and your name is drawn, you could be the lucky winner of $25 in free product.   So click here ... and start shopping.

If you have just too many items on your list and want an even greater deal, click above and then click on the "join now" button.   You can sign up to experience the fun of being associated with Stampin' Up! for as short or as long as you wish.   There are absolutely no more purchases necessary ... and if you sign up before June 30th, you will not only get $125 of product for only $99, but you will also get two free stamp sets of your choice.   Try it ... and go for those expensive stamp sets ... it doesn't matter ... That's a value of up to $205 for only $99.

Happy Stamping ... and Shopping!!!

Any questions ... call me at 717-443-4224 or email me at

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Yes, that's right.   Now's the time to sharpen your pencil and get all those Stampin' Up! goodies sent directly to your home with no shipping fees ... no matter what the size of the order!!!   And, they have just restocked their clearance rack.   While you're at the site, check out the weekly deals, too.   Remember, the current catalogs are only good through June 2, 2015. And the current 2013-2015 in-colors retire June 2nd too.   If you need more card stock or ink refills, now's the time to get them before they're gone.   When they publish the retired list (coming out soon), these items will only be available until supplies run out.   Retiring In-Color products usually run out quickly.  

AND ... if you use this hostess code ... NSQP4J2A ... you may be the lucky winner of  $25 in free product from me!   So click here and start shopping.   When you "check your cart" there will be a place to insert this code (you may want to copy it right now so you can paste it later). 

Happy Shopping ... and ...  HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blendabilities News & New Classes Announced

It was announced last week that Stampin' Up!'s Blendabilities will be on hold for now and cannot be sold.   Not sure exactly why, something to do with production issues.  This includes both the new color sets in the Occasions Catalog, Sets for sale in the current large catalog, and the free sets in the Sale a Bration catalog.    I will post when they are available again. 

New Diva Session Starting in April.   If you are local and would like more information on our Diva group, please contact me at 717-443-4224 or   We will be meeting for the months of April, May and June.   Every month we make at least 4 cards or items, but usually cards.   There is a $25 monthly minimum product order.  As a Diva, one of the months you will receive $15 in free product.   If you sign up prior to March 15th, I will pay your taxes for all three months.   AND, as an added bonus, you will receive the new catalog which will come out the first of June.   This means that April and May you can order out of the current catalog and I will give you the retired list so that you can be sure to get anything that will longer be available.   Then, you can order the new goodies at the June diva session.   It's a win/win situation.   Contact me ASAP!

I leave for retreat Tuesday morning.   Our next retreat is September 29 - October 4.   Again, contact me for more information and a registration form.  I hope to post a few photos of some of the many items that will be made during this fun, fun week.

Upcoming Class:   March 30 and 31, 2015.   Come learn to make this fun basket with three strawberries.  This makes a great party favor.   Strawberries can be filled with a treat, too.   

Also, make this notecard holder with four notecards and envelopes.   Makes a great gift!

I've timed this class the last two days of Sale A Bration so that you could place an order and receive Sale a Bration items!    Call or email me to sign up!   Cost of class is $15 or FREE with a $50 product order.   And, to sweeten the pot, you will also receive 18 sheets of 12" x 12" DSP from the Brights collection.   Class times are Monday, 3/30 at 1 p.m., Tuesday, 3/31 @ 1 p.m. (almost full) or 6 p.m.  Call soon before they are all filled up!
Happy Stamping!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Great New Photopolymer Set Released!

I love the new photopolymer stamps.  They really cling to the clear blocks and aligning could not be easier!   Yesterday Stampin' Up! released a really cute set.  Lovely Amazing You ... #140594 ... $14.95.   Order it here.   Use this hostess code ... FD6J32EV .. and be in this month's drawing for $25 in free product ... And, remember for every $50 you spend in product from now until March 31st, you get a free Sale A Bration item.   It's all good!!!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Best Time of the Year!

I just love Sale A Bration time.   For every $50 in product that you purchase, you get a free item.   Here's samples from just three of the items.  And there are more items to choose from.   Just click on the Sale A Bration photo on the right side of this blog.  To place an order, simply click here.   If you enter this hostess code before February 23rd, I will choose one person to win $25 in free product from the online orders.

HOSTESS CODE:  FD6J32EV     (You may want to cut and paste this)

Best Day Ever Stamp Set (Item 139091 [w])/Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (Item 138633)
The Best Day Ever Stamp Set can be used to build your own unique patterns and backgrounds. Combine it with chalk ink, Blendabilities, or watercolors  to create a truly one-of-a-kind design that reflects your creative sensibilities. When paired with the deliciously trendy patterns in our Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, you're sure to make your Best. Card. Ever.

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper #138635
This paper is so much more than meets the eye! The glossy designs look great alone or they will "resist" ink, making them really fun for techniques. Try it with spritzers, brayers, sponges and more. You'll find that this paper can be used with any style, from bold and bright to elegant and subtle. Try a technique class with your friends where everyone can play with this paper and fall in love with it like we have! With unlimited crafty possibilities, this paper is simply a must-have for everyone's paper stash.

Lotus Blossom Stamp Set #139143
This gorgeous stamp set makes anyone feel like an artist in three quick steps. It creates a beautiful flower that looks painted, but it is amazingly easy. The individual stamps have a tab at the top to help you align them, and the tabs are numbered so you will know which part of the flower to stamp first, second, and third. Try playing around using one ink pad with the stamping off technique, or multiple different ink pads to create many different looks.

REMEMBER ... Each of these items are FREE with every $50 you spend in product from now until March 31, 2015.   Order Now!   and ... Happy Stamping!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Leadership Was Awesome!

Wow! That's all I can say! Leadership was awesome. Stampin Up announce the lot of changes and at it first it was a little overwhelming. But as the three day event progressed a lot of it made sense.  While I don't like change, I am starting to be optimistic about all the changes. It was a bittersweet time in that this was the last Leadership Conference as we know them.  The good news is, Stampin Up continues to be strong and an energetic company with whom I am proud to be associated. There's never been a greater time to join Stampin Up as the demonstrator! Call or email me if you would like more information at BZstampin@ or 717-443-4224 or click here and join now!  Remember you can stop at any time.  Now during sale a bration, you not only get $125 worth of products for $99 and free shipping, but you also get to pick one free project from the occasions Mini Catalog or 2 free sale a bration items.

I'm busy getting unpacked and putting all of my 200+ swaps away and to good use. A lot of them I will be using for ideas for my upcoming classes while many of them will be donated to our troops.  I just love to swap and get the many, many ideas.

Here are a few photos for you. The last is everything we received at the Leadership Conference. It was overwhelming! The other photos are some cards that I received while swapping.  I just grabbed a few off the top of the pile to share with you. Over the next few days I will try to share more.

Happy stamping.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Spring Retreat Classes

Okay, if you're signed up for our Spring Stampin' Retreat in Asheville, NC March 10-15, 2015, then it's time to choose your classes.  With the spring retreat coming so close behind the fall retreat, time is limited.   The teachers have worked hard to create their classes and make their samples.   Now it's your time to QUICKLY choose your classes so the instructors can order their products and start prepping their classes.    So, please, email me today with your choices (bzstampin@live.comDeadline to order classes is Friday, February 6th.

Oh, you haven't signed up for Spring Retreat ... then you need to call me today ... 717-443-4224 ... or email me at for all the information.   But, you must hurry!  The same deadline above applies for sign up for retreat, too.  

Here are your class offerings.   Just indicate to me in an email which class numbers you would like.   You will pay for the classes at retreat.   No payment is required now.  Thanks!

Class #1 -- In”crease” Your Fun  -- Alvie Dielman -- Cost $10

In this class we’ll be making four items using different creasing a/k/a folding styles/designs – some with a little extra folding fun!  And…….you know how we all have that hoard (oops I mean stash – LOL) of DSP that we’re not sure what to do with it, well, we’ll be using DSP for all four projects.  Most project pieces will be pre-cut and scored.  You will receive written instructions for each item.
We’ll be using the following new items, in addition to a number of items in the Annual Catalog:  2015 Occasions Catalog:  Crazy About You and Guy Greetings stamp sets, Bow Builder Punch, Flower Medallion Punch.   2015 Sale-a-Bration Catalog:  Big Day and You Brighten My Day stamp sets, Best Year Ever DSP. 

 Items you need to bring to class:  Scissors, Bone Folder, Sticky Strip and your choice of double sided tape/snail/etc.

Class #2 -- Gelli Roll Fun!  -- Neily Trump -- Cost $15 

What's all the buzz about mono-printing? Gelli plates?   Come find out. And dress for a mess!   We'll make several prints; then use one or more to decorate the cover of a mini Art Journal or Diary. 

Materials supplied: a Gelli plate, acrylic paint, ink, mini journal/diary.   Participants should bring (if possible): a brayer, a heat tool, a kraft mat.

Class #3 -- Spring Flowers -- Bonnie Henderson -- Cost $10  

Did you see the cover of the new Occasions Catalog?   Are you ready for some spring flowers?   If so, you won't want to miss this class.   You will make one of each of the five flowers shown on the cover.   In addition, you will learn various ways to make flowers without having to purchase the kit using the Bouquet Bigz L Die (pg 30) -- which will be at retreat.  They're addictive to make ... and fun. I've worked through the bugs and will share all the tricks with you along with a few other ideas, too!

Materials needed:  Glue gun, glue sticks and Bone folder.  (If you sign up for the class, please bring your glue gun with you to retreat.   Otherwise, there will be a lot of waiting to use my one gun.  Thanks)

Class #4 --  Cards for All Reasons!  --  PJ Cards - The Tennessee Connection!  -- $12

In this class you’ll make 6 cards (plus a card holder) to fit
 any occasion featuring Sheltering
Tree (a favorite new stamp set in the current Occasions Catalog) and the Four You Stamp Set.

Birthday Wishes
Thinking of You
Happy Anniversary
Thank you! Sympathy

These clean and simple cards will fit your card-giving needs as you share them with the special people in your life.

(Sorry the photo is sideways.   I could not figure out how to turn it in this program ... but you get the idea ... Bonnie)



Monday, January 19, 2015

Love life

Another day and another 10 cards to make for my swap at leadership next week.  This card was made with the a Happy Thing stamp set which is free from sale a bration now till the end of March. Very simple designs that are so much fun to color with your blendabilities. And did you know if you turn to page 20 of your sale a bration catalog you can get 10 different sets of blendability markers free with every $50 order you place through the end of March. So double check your wish list and now's the time to order...

With this card I used the daffodil and pumpkin blendabilities and the night of Navy and wisteria wonder blendabilities on the leaves. The background dsp is from our new mini catalog.   It's called Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper found out found on page 19.  This paper is so awesome!   I actually took one of the main sheets and just framed it to hang on my wall.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Send a Kiss

I finally got a minute to start to make some swaps for this year's Leadership Conference which I will be heading out to next week in Orlando. My first swap I used the new happy heart textured impressions embossing folder found on page 9 of our new or Occasions Mini Catalog which just came out on January 6th. I just can't get enough of embossingg folders.  They add that special touch to even the simplest card.

I also use black cardstock and pool party embossing powder to make the sentiment stand out. The ribbon is our pool party seam binding found in the regular catalog along with the heart punch.

Remember, this is Sale a bration time. What that means to you is that for every $50 you purchase in product you get something free from the sale a bration catalog. Both catalogs are featured to the right side of this blog. Simply click on the photo and you can browse through each of the catalogs. to place your order.   Happy stamping!