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.   

Stampin' Up! Christmas Wreaths- DIY Holiday Home Decor

DIY Holiday Home Decor -
Stampin' Up! Designer Paper Wreaths

You've probably seen many of these DIY Home Decor Holiday Wreaths created with Stampin' Up! Designer Paper but I've added to mine to give a little of the ink and inspirations touch. ;)

The mini garland banners add a touch of bling and a festive look.  The Winter Frost Wreath (above) has a mini banner made with the Festive Flurry Bundle (wood, clear), Frosted Finishes Embellishments, and a retired Stampin' Up! snowman stamp on loan from a local customer.

Stampin' Up! Season of Style Christmas Wreath

This Season of Style Wreath has a mini garland created with the Festive Flurry Bundle, Santa's List (wood,clear) image, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, and the large Scallop Circle Punch.

Four of these were created as door prizes for our church Christmas Party later this month.  I think I'll do one more to hang on our door! 
Try using your paper crafting and Stampin' Up! supplies for DIY home decor'll love it!

Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Tablescape for DIY Home Decor

Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Tablescape
DIY Centerpiece


Would you love to create a beautiful diy centerpiece for Thanksgiving? 

Here's an idea using these supplies from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog:

Here are a few of the details:

  1. The birchbark ribbon provides the base.  It's wrapped around the glass pillar and adhered so that it can be slipped on and off for change in seasonal decor.
  2. A layer of the Chocolate Chip paper ribbon is wrapped and adhered around the center of the birch bark ribbon.
  3. A long strip of the Burlap Ribbon is gathered by pulling one of the center threads. Each end is secured with a few stitches with needle and thread.  A Vintage Trinket pin attaches the two ends together in the back.
  4. Three of the Magnificent Maple Leaves are stamped in Early Espresso each on Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze card stock. Cut leaves by hand then sponge with Early Espresso around the edges.
  5. Apply VersaMark ink directly to the front of each leaf so that the entire surface of each leaf is convered with the ink.  Sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss each leaf.  Gives a bit of shine and a polished, professional look.
  6. Adhere leaves to the gathered Burlap Ribbon with hot glue gun.
  7. Cut "thankful" thinlit with Big Shot from Crushed Curry.  Attach to leaves with a "stretched" Glue Dot.  Take a Glue Dot and stretch it to make it long and thin.
  8. Enjoy your beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece or present it as a gift!

Need supplies to get started?
There are three ways you can order:

  • Call me at 409-719-2853 with your order and payment information.

Create your own beautiful DIY home decor or gifts for Thanksgiving with supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Easy Halloween Home Decor

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Toxic Framable Designer Template

Looking for an easy way to add a bit of Halloween decor to your table top or entry? 

Take a look at this framed print created in Stampin' Up! MDS...the Toxic Framable Designer Template.

No kidding...I had this printed and framed within 30 minutes! 
This download includes a framable décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11") and a 34-piece stamp brush set that you can use on Halloween treats and other décor.


  • digital-exclusive
  • framable Halloween décor that you can customize to suit your style
  • easy to create coordinating projects with all included elements

Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla.  You can easily coordinate any of the images with your paper crafting supplies to create a hybrid project!

This version pictured above was printed on Very Vanilla card stock on my home computer.  A bit of trimming was needed to fit in the frame but it was done in jiffy!

Add a touch of Halloween spooky to your home with Stampin' Up! MDS and the Toxic Framable Designer Template.


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial Santa's List Ornament

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial-
Santa's List Christmas Ornament

Today I'm sharing a video tutorial for a Christmas ornament using the Stampin' Up! Santa's List (wood, clear) from the Holiday Catalog.

The Santa image is adorable and to go along with the vintage feel, it's stamped on Crumb Cake and colored with markers and a Blender Pen.

Watch the video for the how-to and use your imagination to make it your own!
View on You Tube HERE.

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Santa's List Christmas Ornament

Stampin' Up! Halloween Home Decor

Stampin' Up! Halloween Project Display for Home Decor
Sunday afternoon Stampin' Up! stamp club ladies will be arriving a shortly but I wanted to share this project display that doubles as a bit of Halloween home decor!

Love to display these little projects to spark ideas and inspiration.  Some are using last year's stamps and paper but you can recreate using the fun products from this year's Holiday catalog!

The framed piece above is a portion of a sheet of the Witches' Brew Designer Paper 132185...frame from Wal-Mart.  (Sorry about the reflection!)

Time to set up today's project materials so I need to get a movin'!

I hope you'll discover ways to use your Stampin' Up! and paper crafting supplies for your home and holiday decor!

Stampin' Up! Build A Banner Simply Created Kit- The Great Outdoors


The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog has some great crafting kits and the Build A Banner Simply Created Kit is no exception! Today, I'm sharing a banner created with this kit, the Great Outdoors (wood, clear) stamp set, and a retired set, On the Fly.

I wanted to capture the enjoyment of nature, fly fishing, and relaxation.  Love this hanging just outside our cabin door.

These images are colored with watercolor pencils, various colors of Stampin' Write Markers, and blended with Blender Pens.  The striped stencil from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit design mask is inked in Soft Suede with Sponge Daubers.

This kit Includes canvas banners (with metal grommets) in three fun shapes, trendy heavy-duty twine, ALPHABET!!!, and design masks, and a Stampin' Spritzer all allowing you to customize and create your own banner in both what it says and in its unique design and color.

You can also purchase Refills of the canvas banner pieces are also available allowing you to create multiple banners for the seasons, special occasions, or everyday décor.

For Halloween or Christmas try these accessories kits to go along with the Build A Banner Simply Created Kit:


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Stampin' Up! Simply Created Banner Kit

Try creating your own fun banner with the Build A Banner Simply Created Banner Kit from Stampin' Up!


12 Weeks of Halloween- Week 6!

Time for this week's peek of the ink and inspirations 12 Weeks of Halloween projects and video tutorials ---Week 6!

Members of my mailing list will receive a project video tutorial on Wednesday evening this week with the how-to and tips on creating this a fun home-decor project!


12 Weeks of Halloween -Week 6!


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Join me for the remaining weeks of these Stampin' Up! Halloween project video tutorials!


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Halloween Banner Simply Created Kit


Creating a Halloween Banner is as easy as 1-2-3 as seen in this Stampin' Up! video tutorial from the Home Office. 
Use the Banner Simply Created Kit (132699) and the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132698) for this fun home decor piece for Halloween!


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial - Halloween Banner

New Stampin' Up! Digital Downloads

Some fun new digital downloads today from Stampin' Up!

First, some frameable kitchen art with quotes from Julia Child...


Download includes:
* 3-page designer décor template (8-1/2" x 11")
* 6-piece SVG stamp brush set

* Digital exclusive
* Fun set of framable art for your kitchen
* Leave as-is for a nice pop of color or change the backgrounds to suit your space

Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry


A digital ensemble perfect for family reunions...


Download includes:
* Invitation greeting card template (5-1/2" x 4-1/4")
* Thank you greeting card template (5" x 3-1/2")
* 28-page easel recipe book (5-1/2" x 6-1/2")
* 11-page décor template (8-1/2" x11")
* 55-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 3 Designer Series Papers
* 25 embellishments

* Digital exclusive
* Everything you need to throw the most memorable family reunion yet
* Templates for invitations, table tents, game, iron-ons, and recipe book
* Make an impression with tea towels, tote bags, and recipe books for the whole family

Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Wild Wasabi


And, a coordinating family photobook template for preserving those family reunion memories...


Download includes:
* 26-page photobook designer template
* 12-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 7 Designer Series Papers
* 28 embellishments

* Digital exclusive
* Perfect for documenting your family reunion
* Capture all the fun and awkward moments
* Perfect keepsake or gifts
* Coordinates with the Family Spotlight Ensemble

Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Ruby Red, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Wild Wasabi


Need the basic program? Choose your format!

MDS Software Download...Only $19.95!


 MDS Software On Disc...Only $19.95!

Express yourself and impress your friends when you create projects using MDS, My Digital Studio’s digital design software.

With this disc, you’ll get:
* Full access to the software and design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more
* The chance to buy additional content
* Ability to order your projects from our professional print services

Or...Try it FREE for 30 days HERE!

With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:
* Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days
* Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more
* Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork
* The chance to buy additional downloads that you can keep after your trial expires
* Ability to order your projects from our professional print services

To use the software more than 30 days, buy the full MDS software (item 130646)!

 Below is the current hostess code if you are placing an order online.

If you enter this code prIor to check out (lower left corner)..., you will be entered into a drawing to win the Hostess Rewards!!!...that's free Stampin' Up! product!

(*** If your product total is $150 or more, you earn hostess rewards on your order alone. If you use the code, you will forfeit your FREE benefits you've earned through your qualifying order.)

Current Hostess Code through May 30, 2013: B93QJYTF

Let me know how I can help you!

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Stampin' Up! DIY Party Decor

I am busy editing videos for this month's Inkspiration Classroom but I wanted to share this fun DIY party decor as shared on the Stampin' Up! Corporate blog recently.


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Dress it Up with Designer Paper


Look how cute this punched piece of designer paper looks at the bottom of this paper cup!


Stamped Images on Plates


Clever idea to stamp that blossom on the side of that paper plate!


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Adorable Fabric Lined Basket

This pretty fabric acts as a fabric liner for this basket filled with treats.
No Fuss abdFab...Stampin' Up! Fabric


Fabric ties and scallop circle flowers adorn the water area!


DIY Vase

Designer Paper surrounds this upcycled can for a darling vessel for beautiful roses.

Projects designed by Amy M., Vice President of Sales, Stampin' Up!

I hope these DIY decor projects have inspired you to use your supplies in many new ways!

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No Sew Ideas for Stampin' Up! Fabric!

Stampin' Up! Fabric-  From the Archives...No Sew Pin Cushion

Just two more days in the Stampin' Up! Fabric Frenzy! All Stampin' Up! Fabrics are 50% off! 
Offer ends March 31, 2013!

This fabric has so many uses including these NO SEW ideas!
Get inspired by watching this video. :)

Get your fabric for your Spring and Summer projects right now at 50% off. Shop Here and save!
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Stampin' Up! Spring Fabric Frenzy

Whether you're a seamstress or not--you'll love using Stampin' Up!'s high quality Designer Fabric--especially at 50 percent off!

Our Designer Fabric is designed to coordinate with Stampin' Up! inks, paper, and other accessories, and is perfect for adding a stylish touch to traditional paper projects. Available in an extra-wide fat quarters (18" x 26"). Use it for quilting, clothing, home décor, and more!

Visit the Online Store THIS WEEK to view all of the available fabrics at 50% off!

170  126892  Essentials Designer Fabric $29.95  $14.98 
171  126893  Floral District Designer Fabric $9.95  $4.98 
171  126894  Comfort Café Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  125411  Summer Smooches Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  125412  Twitterpated Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122337  Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122336  Beau Chateau Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  124066  Spice Cake Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122335  Flirtatious Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
6*  129308  Tea for Two Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
13*  129307  More Amore Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  

*In Spring Catalog

Here's a peek at how I used the Spice Cake Designer Fabric for a home decor project. A gathered strip of fabric adorns this Easter bunny's neck.  I'll use her as part of our dining table centerpiece. :)  Her flower was created with the Creped Filter Paper like those seen in the video tutorial HERE.

Stampin' Up! Fabric and Easter Home Decor


Stock up now with this super buy on Stampin' Up! Fabric...50% off this week only!
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Late Night Banner

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Happy St. Patrick's Day Banner

Top o' the Day to You and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The idea for this decorative banner hit me about 11:00 pm last night...CRAZY, I know!!!  So, I got to work using the Labels Framelits and a chevron print from the Summer Smooches DSP pack.

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St. Patrick's Day- Define Your Life

I used the retired Define Your Life stamp set with definitions I thought appropriate for St. Pat's Day.

Define Your Life is still available as a digital stamp brush set!  You can just create a page in MDS2, print from your home computer, then punch or die cut for your projects!

Define Your Life Digital Brush Stamp (118844)
Haven't tried MDS?  You can get a FREE, 30 Day Trial HERE!

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St. Patrick's Day Banner

Love making these banners for all occasions!  What's great is that you can store easily by hanging from a peg or even a nail in a closet or in your craft space.

To display:

  • Hang from a mantle
  • Attach to a wreath
  • Hang from a wooden peg board dedicated to displaying your banners
  • Hang on your front door
  • Use as a drape, border, or wrap around your centerpiece or table display (see below!)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

There are so many ways to display banners for any occasion!
Discover how to make beautiful banners for your home and special occasions in the ink and inspirations Banner Class online! 

Register now and start making beautiful banners for your home and celebrations! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  (Now that this St. Patrick's Day banner is complete; I'm planning my Spring/Easter Banner...stay tuned!)