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New Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals on New Year's Eve!

Do you have special plans for New Year's Eve? 

Night of joyous celebration to ring in 2014 or a quiet time at home with loved ones? 

Before the you get busy with your plans, I wanted to share a Stampin' Up! celebration with New Weekly Deals in the Online Store!

These deals on framelits are awesome!  Be sure to check your stash to see if you need the Circles or Window Frame Framelits to take advantage of this special offer.

I've got my eye on the Silver Glimmer that shimmery goodness! And, if you don't have beautiful Bermuda Bay in your ink pad collection, here it is on sale!

If you'd like to take advantage of this special,
you can order directly through my Online Store HERE

Or, e-mail me with your order (I'll ask for your payment information, if needed.)

Or, call me at 409-719-2853.  Leave a message and I'll return your call ASAP!

These Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! are fabulous!
New Year's Eve shopping, anyone?

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Valentine Note Cards

Stampin' Up! Valentines- Sweet Sayings Note Cards

A quick (and late!) post today with a video tutorial featuring the Sweet Sayings Note Cards; one of the limited time Valentine offerings from Stampin' Up! You can see all these "heart day" products HERE in the Online Store...available until January 27, 2013.

These little gems will be mailed this week as thank you's to my online customers. Thank you so much for your support!
If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn the privilege of serving you.  You can e-mail me or call me and let me know how I can help you.
Need a catalog?  Contact me and I'll let you know how to get one free

Now, here's a short video with a quick and easy Valentine! View below or here on You Tube.

Thank you for watching my video tutorial featuring these cute note cards for Valentine's from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Life at Home Update

The busy-ness continues at our home.  Stampin' Up! demonstrator duties come second when it comes to doing for my family, of course!

The hubs has been under the weather and I've been extra careful to keep everything sanitized.  Although he does not have the flu, we're treating his illness with caution.  People have been getting really sick in our neck of the woods.  You all need to take care and get immunized and/or avoid being around those who are not well.  And, keep the hand sanitizer within reach!

On a lighter note, my parents celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary today!  Such a blessing!

Here they are on Christmas Eve...

Don't they look great?  My dad will be 84 next month and my mom, 82 in March.  They are a wonderful role model for us and we know we are so fortunate to have them!

I have some deadlines due for swaps for Stampin' Up! Leadership in a couple of weeks so my crafting has been devoted to those assignments. 

I'll be back soon with a project and a Stampin' Up! video tutorial by Tuesday!  Until then, let me know if you need something.  I'm only a phone call away!

New Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals and More Clearance Rack Items Added Today!

Wow!  Stampin' Up! continues to offer holiday savings by adding more super fantastic items to the Clearance Rack Blitz!

In the Clearance Rack you'll many wonderful items that have been discontinued at a fraction of the price!

Choose from ribbons, trims, Big Shot dies, Simply Scrappin' Kits, buttons, desinger papers, and even some stamp sets!  You just have to take a look!

Don't miss out! These discounted items are only available while supplies last!

Also, be sure to check out the WEEKLY DEALS HERE!  Current product on sale until next Monday!

Three ways to place a clearance rack order:

  1. Visit the Online Store and shop anytime, 24/7!
  2. Call me at 409-719-2853 with your order and payment information.
  3. Email me with your order if you are a current customer and I have you payment information on file.*If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you.  Call or email me and I'll get you set up!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last! Shop now and save!

It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas

5 & 10 Christmas Branson
Take a look at the 5 & 10, glistening once again...

We visited Dick's 5 & 10 in downtown Branson last week and it was all decked out for Christmas.  So much fun looking at all of the fun products and so many retro items to browse through.

Gooseberry Patch Cookbook

I was excited to see this Gooseberry Patch Cookbook and especially this one since one of my recipes was published in it several years ago.

My Recipe

That's just so fun and rewarding to see your name in print!  This is a recipe that our family makes every holiday.  It's just a given.  Do you have dishes like that?

It's time for me to get ready for Christmas Eve services. Hope you have a wonderful evening!
We wish you and your family a joyous holiday and many blessings.

Last Minute Gift with Stampin' Up! Designer Paper and a Votive Candle

Last Minute Gift Idea
with Stampin' Up! Designer Paper and a Votive Candle

Just a quick share today with an easy Stampin' Up! idea for a little Christmas gift to have on hand for those holiday visitors, neighbors, or hostesses.

All you'll need are a few candies or a little votive candle with some Stampin' Up! Designer Paper and a tag.

Watch the video below and let me know if you have questions!

Hope you've enjoyed this last minute Christmas gift idea in this Stampin' Up! video tutorial!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Life at Home: Celebrating the Season


Trio of Trees with Handmade Ornaments


Enjoying some crafting, decorating, and fun in this final week before Christmas.

There were a few more decorating tasks that needed completing.  One was to decorate these little trees (seen above) with hand crafted ornaments seen HERE.  The medallions were perfect for these the look!


Wreath making with youngest daughter

My daughter and I made these wreaths in October at the W.O.W. School.  I found the perfect place for mine.



Deck the halls!

And, I was so excited to see my Christmas cactus blooming!  This might not seem like a big deal to you, but for me...when I say that I have a "green thumb", I'm talking about ink on my fingers!



My Christmas Cactus

Another highlight was visiting Silver Dollar City in Branson MO. It's beautiful, magical, and so much fun at Christmas!



Santa and Me


Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City

Hope your days are filled with peace and joy!  Thank you for visiting and letting me share a bit of my life at home!




Making Christmas Thank You Cards? A Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry Idea

Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry Thank You Cards

Need an idea for a Christmas Thank You card? These little note cards were made using the Festive Flurry Bundle(wood, clear) and the Christmas Messages (wood, clear) set from the Holiday catalog from Stampin' Up!

The base for these cards were left overs from a local Stamp Club project.  Measuring at 3" x 8 1/2", this size was perfect for thank yous sent through the mail.  With the smaller card front size, the flurries and Deco Labels sentiments were able to extend a bit past the edge and still fit nicely into one of the Stampin' Up! Medium White Envelopes.  

The Festive Flurries set is going to be fun to use throughout the winter.  The beautiful snowflake images and coordinating framelits are definitely a favorite of mine from the Holiday catalog.  Save 15% purchasing these products in a bundle...Festive Flurry Bundle(wood, clear).

Speaking of flurries...what do you think of my tiny snowman?  I couldn't resist!  Had to share it with you on this first day of winter. :)

Happy First Day of Winter!

Hoping your days are merry and bright! Be safe traveling!

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More Christmas Ornaments and Gift Toppers in a Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial

Sharing more Christmas ornament and gift toppers that I created today with my Stampin' Up! supplies.

Simple and elegant
DIY Stampin' Up! Christmas Ornament

A simple Tea Lace Doily and left over Vanilla Flower Trim adorn this ornament.

Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay
and a Sneak Peek!

Here I've added Simply Pressed Clay Flowers and sneak peek sequin trim from the Occasions catalog debuting January 2014.

Fun to use scraps and left overs to make beautiful DIY creations!

A gathered left over piece of a doily and strip of burlap add a unique touch to this medallion.

Think outside the box with your Stampin' Up! tools and supplies...

Noel sentiment is created by cutting and piecing the Expressons Thinlits. (Be sure to watch the video tutorial for this Stampin' Up! tip!)


A bit of ribbon makes this
DIY ornament stand out...

This scrunched ribbon bow adds the finishing touch here.

The cross adds special meaning to the ornament used as the tree topper.

Strategic cutting and placement of this large Festive Flurry snowflake adds a royal look to this, my favorite!

Watch the video below or here on You Tube for tips on assembly of these ornaments! Let me know if you have questions...

Hope you've enjoyed the tips on these DIY ornaments/gift toppers in this Stampin' Up! video tutorial!

Need a Gorgeous Ornament or Gift Topper in Minutes?-Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial -
DIY Last Minute Christmas Ornaments and Gift Toppers


These DIY Christmas ornaments were being assembled last night on my craft table so here's another Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial for you to create a beauty of a gift topper/ ornament in minutes. For me, these are last minute ornaments for a trio of trees that just went on display!

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Stampin' Up! Last Minute Ornament Gift Topper


Once you get your supplies assembled and the scoring done, you can whip out a dozen of these gems while watching Hallmark Christmas Movies, your favorite team, or just enjoying some holiday tunes!

Watch the video below or HERE on You Tube and let me know if you have questions. 


Created this one with the negative image of the Festive Flurry framelit cut.


Hope you enjoyed this Stampin' Up! video tutorial to create your own holiday projects and these beautiful ornaments/gift toppers!

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Last Minute Christmas Treat Cone Ornament

Last Minute Treat Cone Ornament

With Christmas just a week away, I thought I'd share some last minute ideas and Stampin' Up! video tutorials and share what's going on in my craft room.

Now, these are not "have to get it done" projects for me.  These are some little projects I decided to create because all th "have to's" are done!

So...if you're needing something to do...(right?),here's a holiday project idea that's easy and fun.

Click here to watch on YOU TUBE.

Hope you enjoyed this video tutorial of a last minute Stamp' Up! Christmas holiday project!

New Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals!

New Weekly Deals

More Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! announced today with some bargains for you!

See all the discounted items HERE!

Included are gift packaging items that can be used year round, a digital download, and some fun goodies to scrap your Christmas photos to preserve the memories of your celebrations!  Take a look!

There are still some great bargains in the Clearance Rack Blitz! 
Take advantage of this While Supplies Last Sale!

I'm "on the go", finishing last minute shopping and visiting friends but I'll be back tomorrow with a quick holiday project idea!

Until then, have fun shopping the Stampin' UP! Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Stamp Club Christmas Party

We hosted one of my Stampin' Up! Stamp Club Christmas parties last night and had so much fun.  And, by we, I mean my husband and me...he's such a big help!

With my best supporter and fan at our Stamp Club Party!

Everyone brought snack to share...

Stamp club treats 1
Yummy snacks for our party!
Stamp club treats 2
We enjoyed snacks
before our making our project.

Here they are club members working and showing off their handiwork!

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Alicia and Debbie
Stamp club penny
Penny :)
Stamp club bev
Beverly working on her pretty project!

Stamp club family
Three generations of stampers!
Stamp club games
Fun Stampin' Up! Colors crosswords game. :)
Stamp club games crossword
There was also a word search for stamping terms. Look how serious they are! ;)

We had prizes and presents... all Stampin' Up!, of course!  Today, I'm getting ready for Round 2 with my Monday night group!

Want to join the fun?  Even if you aren't local, you can participate in my online club, the Inkspiration Classroom!   Each month, you'll receive online video classes with your qualifying purchase. 
Read more about my Stampin' Up! Inkspiration Classroom HERE!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Life at Home: Christmas Countdown

This Stampin' Up! demonstrator and her husband continue Christmas preparations in the Brown home.  We have a lot of plans this next week before Christmas so we're working hard to be prepared for when our daughters and their husbands arrive on Christmas Eve.

First, you may remember the wreaths from this post that I was making for our church Christmas Party.  I finished those plus one for our kitchen door that looks just like this one...


I made this Christmas Countdown board Y-E-A-R-S ago and the girl always enjoyed changing the count each day.  Well, I'm a creature of habit so this still hangs in our kitchen every Christmas season and this momma continues the tradition.

Christmas Countdown

What's this next picture?'re right!  I'm mixing cornbread. 

Our family likes cornbread dressing at Christmas, too, so I make it about a week or so ahead of odd as that sounds, it's wonderful!  Everything's cooked, it's all mixed and in the casserole dishes, and will be thawed in the refrigerator a couple of days before Christmas.  Slow heat in the oven on Christmas morning and it will be yummy! It's wonderful to have it ready to go ahead of time!

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is decorated and although there aren't any gifts in the photo, those are all wrapped and tucked beneath those evergreen boughs. And, it smells wonderful!

My husband is a fun loving, great guy!  He is always surprising me with his goofy antics!  There is never a dull moment.
He surprised me yesterday with this get up and a funny festive that man!

I hope your holiday preparations are going well.  Wishing you merry and bright days and hope you've enjoyed this week's glmpse into this Stampin' Up! demonstrator's life at home.