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!




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! 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

Stampin up My Digital Studio Halloween
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!

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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:
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* The chance to buy additional content
* Ability to order your projects from our professional print services

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With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:
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* Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more
* Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork
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* 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)!

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

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

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