Read Across America Day 2013

Today is Read Across America Day in the U.S....a day to promote reading especially for children and young adults.   This nationwide observance coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, a well known and loved author of children's books.

To celebrate this day and in loving memory of Dr. Seuss, I've composed a Seuss-like poem entitled, "Oh, the Wonderful Things Mrs. Brown Can Do! ;)

Oh, the wonderful things Mrs. Brown can do,
She’s a Stampin’ Up! Demo
And, you can be one, too.
Mrs. Brown can do it.
How about you?

She can cut with scissors.
Mrs. Brown can “snip”
How about you?
Can you go snip, snip?

She can stamp with rubber
She can go “tap, tap”.
She can cheer you on
She can go “clap, clap”.

She can go “swish, swish”
With Stampin’ Spritzers, yes indeed.
She can help with techniques
And, other paper crafting needs.

Mrs. Brown’s an SU Demo
Mrs. Brown loves it through and through.
Mrs. Brown’s an SU! Demo,
And, you can be one, too!

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for the inspiration! ;) 

Find out more about Read Across America here at Seussville!

I developed a love of reading when I was 10.  My beloved 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Askew, read to us everyday!
My favorite series when I was 10-12...

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Nancy Drew Mystery Stories!


And, I have to include my favorite from Dr. Seuss!...

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Green Eggs and Ham


And, here's one of my favorites I loved to read to my class!...

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The Jolly Christmas Postman
This is an awesome book!  Loved how it has envelopes with little gifts, notes, or cards tucked inside each envelope page! (a bit of foreshadowing?)
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The Jolly Postman delivered cards to all sorts of characters!


The list could go on and on, but I'll spare you! 
You need to get back to your crafting desk ;).

But first, share your favorite childhood literature in the comment section below...Nancy Drew, anyone?

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Tale of a Stampin' Up! Demo's Husband

Stampin' Up! has been part of my...or should I say "our" lives going on seven years now.

And, the truth be husband is my biggest fan.  :)

There are many stories I can tell of this journey but last night and last week tops it all.

For Valentine's Day, I made my husband a mini book much like the one seen HERE but in a beautiful collection of designer paper in neutrals and metallics. Discover how to create one in this class!

He told me it was my best creation...ever!  How special... I love that man!

Not only did he take it to work to show off to everyone, he also showed it to my club ladies last night.  Just look at him...!!! He even used correct paper crafting terms and techniques in his description!

Love of my life...sharing my Stampin' Up! creation

I love how you can see our daughter being so attentive to her daddy. :)

And, here I am, just pleased as punch!

Happy and Blessed Stampin' Up! Demo :)

(Thanks to my friend and club member, Laurie, for the photos.)

Tomorrow is my love's birthday and you can bet I'll be trying to impress him with another Stampin' Up! creation.

Being the spouse of a Stampin' Up! demo is something he takes to heart, and loves to be included.  Just ask my club ladies. :)

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For Paper Crafters Anywhere and Everywhere


Have you ever needed a card at the last minute
then had to dash out to buy one
because you didn't have time to make one?

Do you search for fresh ideas
and get caught up in the moment
spending all your crafting time
on the computer
"pinning" and saving photos of projects?

Your time is precious; that is completely understood.
Many of us can relate.

You have the desire and the supplies;
but you need the time.

I've heard you
and I've been working on a solution.

I am thrilled to announce a new online class series...
ink and inspirations: unique. fresh. fun.

Unique: being without a like or equal
Fresh: experienced, made, or received newly or anew
Fun: what provides amusement or enjoyment

It's  a unique, fresh, and fun paper crafting experience!

Discover how to enjoy your hobby
with just a few minutes of crafting time.

The designing and measuring are done for you...
And, you can create these projects in minutes.

My goals:
- To offer you quick, fresh, and fun projects that you can create over and over again.
- To help you discover that you do have time to create beautiful projects.
- To inspire you to use your paper crafting supplies in unique ways.

You'll receive:
Two video tutorials for projects created exclusively for

  1. One video will be a step by step for a great card idea that YOU can create in 10 minutes or less!
  2. About two weeks later, you'll receive another video  that will include the how-to for a 3D project such as a party favor, treat box or wrap, box, or little gift!

Also included:

  • Video notes and annotations to make it easy for you to create each project.
  • Color photos of the finished projects.
  • Anytime access to watch the videos at your convenience.
  • Prompt replies to your questions sent via email.

This is a 12 month online class program with a project idea and video tutorial delivered twice a month.

Pay monthly at $9.97 per month for 12 months. 
(You can cancel at any time.)

BONUS: Sign up now to receive a BONUS video tutorial instantly!  (Limited time offer!)

This online class series is open to anyone in the U.S. and internationally!


Priority Subscription Form

YES! I would like to subscribe to unique. fresh. fun.!  

  • I understand I will be billed $9.97 today, and will receive an email twice a month containing links to a unique. fresh. fun. video tutorial.
  • I also understand I will be billed $9.97 every 30 days for 12 months for my  subscription.
  • I can cancel at any time with no questions asked.
"See" you in class!
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Stampin' Up! Valentine Treat and Chalkboard Technique


Easy Stampin' Up! Valentine Treats


Valentine Treats are sweet and easy when created with Stampin' Up! supplies!  Notice the trendy chalkboard technique added here as the perfect accent for this decorative box.

This cute creation was designed by Robyn, a senior concept artist from the Stampin' Up! home office.  I love the addition of the Tea Lace Doily to this stamped Kraft Box.

Find the how-to and supply list HERE


Trendy Chalkboard Technique Tip


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  • With every *$50 you spend (including online orders), you will earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Here's a flyer with your 19 item choices!  Also, with each *$50 in product purchase, you'll earn one spot on the ink and inspirations 50/50 Board.  Learn more about this chance to win FREE product HERE! (50/50 Board Spots are only available through orders placed with me.)
  • Spend *$150 and earn THREE Sale-A-Bration products as well as $25 in Hostess Rewards and THREE spots on the 50/50 Board!   Plus, during Sale-A-Bration, get a FREE Pack of Silver Glimmer Paper with your *$150 order!

    E-mail for a prompt reply if you have questions on Sale-A-Bration or Stampin' Up! product!  I am happy to help!

    Valentine Treats are easy and fun with supplies from Stampin' Up!

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Celebrate Stampin' Up! Friday with ink and inspirations and a FREE for All!

It's the start of the weekend so let's celebrate, shall we?
Here's a FREE pdf of Christmas tags that I created just for you in MDS2, the latest in software in My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!

Click the image below and save to your computer. 
You can print, cut, and use for tags on your packages that you'll be wrapping!


I've been having so much fun creating secret projects in MDS2 this week! 
Secret gifts, that is!  Can't wait to get these back from the My Digital Studio printing service.  High quality work at a reasonable price!

Check out all the neat projects you can create here at

Have a great Friday!

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Stampin' Up! Stamp Club Fun Round 2

Hope you are having a joyous Tuesday!  I am working on editing and uploading videos today but I wanted to share these pics from last night's stampin' fun!

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Here's my group stamp room...
the calm before the festivities!

My group stamp room...set up and ready for some fun make and takes!

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Sample Display and Christmas Gifts...Stamps, of course!

I like to have plenty of samples for stamp club members to see and photograph for ideas, if they wish.  The gift stamps seen here are part of a fun gift reveal for members.

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Working on some fun Christmas projects!

Here's a group busy working on one of the punch art projects.  Can you tell which is my daughter? :)

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Busy stampers!

These ladies did a great job on their projects!  Can you say "stamp happy'?

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Showing off their fantastic creations!

My stamp groups really enjoyed their punch art projects each month!  When I found these patterns online, I knew they would be a hit!

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Everyone reached into that big stocking and chose a gift!

Here's our oldest daugher, Kristen, after reaching into that super sized stocking for her gift! (The story of that stocking is a blog post in itself!)


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work together...stamp together


These three...two Emergency Room Registered Nurses and a Nurse Practioner...have worked together and stamped together for years! Love these much fun!

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun project idea for a gift or to use to adorn your table.  See you then!

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Look What's H(app)ening Now with Stampin' Up! --- A Card Making App!

Look at what's h(app)ening now!
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NEW Stampin' Up! App for Card Making...
Create away then email, Tweet, or post on Facebook!

Stampin' Up! has created a card-making application: Simply Sent! This iPhone app allows you to create an e-card-from a template or completely on your own-and send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. And it's free!
Download it from iTunes or the App Store, share it with all your friends, and create away!

E-mail me one of your app creations!

Maybe it'll just h(app)en to show up somewhere!  :)

Have fun!
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Limited Supply in the Stampin' Up! Store-- The Sizzix Texture Boutique!





Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Limited supply of this Sizzix Texture Boutique! The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not die cut.
Only while supplies last!  Just in time for gift giving season!
You can see it HERE in my Stampin' Up! Online Store.

Watch this video from Stampin' Up! to learn more!

There are two purchasing options!

Texture Boutique Bundle
Item 132700
$39.95 (a $45.85 value)

  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 Pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
  • Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive
  • Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-Stampin' Up! exclusive


Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
Item 132657

  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine, 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads, 1 Mylar Shim
Visit the Online Store to get yours today!
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Stampin' Up! Halloween Howlstooth and Scaringbone Ornament

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Stampin' Up! Halloween
Howlstooth and Scaringbone Ornament

Happy Monday!
Here's my Halloween version of the beautiful ornament from the StampIn' Up! Holiday Catalog.  The Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP gives a fun look to this ornamental design that can hang on a doorknob, ceiling fan pull, or Halloween tree to dress up your space for the month!

The Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies have such an classic shape!  These can be used for any occasion to create decorative items for your home or for gifts.

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Stampin' Up! Holiday Ornament Framelit Dies
Halloween Ornament

To spice it up a bit, I added some scrap pieces of black tulle, a rosette cut with the Bigz XL Designer Rosette Die, some little banner flag strips hand cut from Silver Glimmer Paper and Neutrals Designer Button in Basic Gray.

I am working on a video tutorial so that you'll have the how-to for creating this ornament from designer paper!  I'll try to get that ready for you this week. :)


Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP

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Stampin' Up! Holiday Ornaments Framelits

Have a great day!  Hope you have time to create something fun!

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SPECIAL! October 1-31,2012: Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.
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Stampin' Up! Halloween Scalloped Envelope Treat Box

Stampin' Up! Spooky Bingo Bits and Scalloped Envelopes Pair Up for this Halloween Treat Holder

I've seen this darling Stampin' Up! Scalloped Envelope box time and again so I decided that I needed to create something fun for Halloween to share!

It's super easy with the Scalloped Envelope Bigz Die, a couple of cuts to make it all fit, and a little embellishing and you have a sweet little box that anyone would love to receive.

Tomorrow, I'll have a video tutorial so that you can follow along and make your own.
Are your receiving your weekly emails with video tutorials in my 12 Weeks of Halloween?  If not, be sure to sign up HERE! As a member of my list you'll also receive ink and inspirations monthly newsletter, first notice of Stampin' Up! specials and sales, as well as ink and inspirations special offers!

Read on for tips on this project...


  • The Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set used here allows for easy stamping!  Love, love, love it!  It's available in wood and clear mount.
  • When using designer paper in your Big Shot with dies that have scoring marks such as one; cut only one at a time to avoid cutting through on the creased lines.
  • Those thin, crumpled strips card stock used as filler really add to the projects overall appearance. That extra pop if color is awesome!
  • The 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches are just the right size for these images. Speeds up the whole process, too!
Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the video tutorial for this Stampin' Up! Halloween Scalloped Envelope Treat Box.  See you then!

It's Back to School Time for the Greeting Card Kids

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card Kids Back to School Gift Box

Hi All and Happy Friday!

If you saw my post here yesterday, I shared some easy notepads that I made with that fun Storytime Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  I love the images in this set of papers.  Lots of fun possibilities for making some quick gifts or gift packaging.

Today's project is one of our Kraft Gift Boxes (4 for $2.95) using this same Storytime paper and this cute little image from the Greeting Card Kids (wood, clear) set.

The image was colored with our markers and Aqua Painters on watercolor paper.  An Aqua Painter is brush with a little "plastic well" that you fill with water.  When you squeeze the well, the water flows down to the brush and this allows you to watercolor by moving the color around that you apply with markers. Makes you feel like an artist!

The little pleated medallion in the corner was cut with the Bigz XL Designer Rosette Die. The Midnight Muse (deep blue) backing was also cut with the Big Shot and the Scallop Square Duo Die.

This little box would be cute filled with peppermints for the teacher's desk!  It's even large enough to hold a small apple!

Let me know if you have questions about this back to school teacher gift or any of my projects.  Thanks for stopping by!


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FREE Howl-o-ween Project Kit
when you join Stampin' Up! in August!

Call me at 409-719-2853 or e-mail me if you'd like to learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

Another Back-to-School Teacher Gift Idea- Tickets, Please?

Tickets, Please? Back-to-School for Teachers

Another back to school idea for you today with some fun Stampin' Up! supplies for teachers!

This Take A Ticket Stampin' Around Wheel 126941 would be a fun tool for use in the classroom.  The coordinating Ticket Builder Punch 126883 is a perfect match and makes it quick and easy for busy teachers.  Pair it with a product bundle of an Island Indigo ink pad 126986, Daffodil Delight card stock 119683, and some fun World Spectacular Designer Paper 126897.  Super cute and super fun and you can order these supplies HERE.

Need some other ideas?  Be sure to check out ink and inspirations on Facebook as well as this post HERE, HERE and this video tutorial, HERE.  And, next week, I have another idea with a video tutorial coming your way.  Stay tuned! :)

Is it necessary for your child to have gift for her/his teacher?

Absolutely not!
But, just a little apple, a notepad, a pencil tied with a bow...presented to that someone that your little one will see every weekday for months will help ease the tension for your child that often comes with the "first day/week". 

I know first hand. 

I was on the receiving side of those little hands and shy smiles for many years.  Those beaming faces that were so excited to give me a hand picked wildflower, a cookie, a picure of me sketched on a scrap piece of paper the evening prior, a purple marker for drawing smileys on papers. 

Just from the heart gifts.  Easy gifts that mean so much to the recipient but especially to those precious loves on the giving side.

It is in giving that we receive... a valuable lesson.

Back-to-School with Stampin' Up!- Do It "Write"!


Just the "Write" Back-to-School Gift
for Teachers


It's Back-To-School time and Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Paper can help you "jazz up" a few supplies for your young ones to delight their teachers!

Here I've created a simple tag with nesting Labels Framelits with an adorable image as the top layer from the Storytime collection!  A little sponging around the edges makes it "pop" and Linen Thread binds it all together!


  • The "For You" image is from the Itty Bitty Banners set cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.  You'll love how you can cut these darling sentiments with these two coordinating products!
  • I used Glue Dots to "group" the pens together before tying the Linen Thread. Makes it easier for little hands :).
  • Try grouping pencils, markers, or even notepads.  Just a little something for your child to give the human he or she will spend most of the time with in the coming months.
  • Your child can help create projects such as this! 
  • Have your child add her/his own personalized touch by signing the tag.
  • The teacher will appreciate the thought! ...Coming from a former classroom teacher. ;)

Here are the links to the supplies in the Online Store!

Itty Bitty Banners (wood, clear)

Riding Hood Red card stock
Storytime Designer Series Paper
Riding Hood Red
Labels Collection Framelits
Bitty Banners Framelits

Signo White Gel Pen
Stampin' Sponges
Linen Thread
Glue Dots

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Do You Want to Get Started on Halloween Projects Now?

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ink and inspirations 12 Weeks of Halloween, Exclusive Online Videos for Subscribers

If you're ready, like me, then you are going to really enjoy my 12 Weeks of Halloween using some fun products from Stampin' Up!  And, not to worry if you aren't needing Halloween'll be able to adapt for any occasion by simply changing paper, colors, and stamped images! 

From treat ideas to home decor, I'll share a different project each week by giving you access via email to an exclusive, online video tutorial!  (Just a peek of one of the projects is pictured above!)

How do you sign up for these 12 Weeks of exclusive videos?

These videos will be available to all
who are subscribers to the ink and inspirations mailing list! 

So, if you're not on the list, don't wait any longer! 
Sign up now and receive the ink and inspirations 12 Weeks of Halloween! 

Halloween Decor- Stampin' Up! Spooky Bingo Bits Banner

Halloween Decor Stampin' Up! Spooky Bingo Bits Banner

Need a easy and fun idea for Halloween decor? Try this Stampin' Up! Spooky Bingo Bits Banner to hang vertically in a doorway, over a spooky-fun table setting, or even at your front door!  Make several and you can group for a fun entry way! 
The fun Houndstooth and Scaringbone Designer Paper from the Holiday Mini really jazz it up!

Here's what you'll need:

Spooky Bingo Bits (wood 123944, clear 123946)
Tangerine Tango 111349
Very Vanilla 101650
Neutrals Patterns Designer Paper Stack 117157
Houndstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper 126906
Old Olive 126953
Tangerine Tango 126946
Basic Black 126980
Tools and Accessories:
2 1/2" Circle Punch 120906
2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch 118874
1 3/4" Circle Punch 119850
1 3/8" Circle Punch 119860
Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 119256
Stampin' Sponges 101610
Tombow Multi Glue 110755
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Let me know if you have questions about this fun Halloween banner!  Leave a comment below and share with your stampin' friends!  Get a head start on your Halloween Decor with this easy, Spooky Bingo Bits Banner!