Desktop Calendar – with Video!

Having a daily reminder of our craft is a beautiful thing.  I love seeing paper craft projects on my desk year round. It inspires me when (cough) other work is not so exciting, shall we say?  *smile*  It reminds me that I have creativity in me that I can use, even in the office.   I believe that creativity is not just limited to one area of our lives.  Once  we develop our creativity, it grows to all aspects of our lives.

Join me in bringing something beautiful to the office.  This desktop calendar is ideal for December and January gift giving, too.  I have the 2016 calendar attached here so you can just download it and cut out the months, using the lines that I’ve drawn in for easy-cutting.


The calendar has an accordion fold so it is stable and also looks great.  Once you have the base, you can make any design for the front of it.  I love flowers so I used the Flower Patch stamp set and matching framelits.


For the supplies and cutting dimensions, click here to download the pdf file.

Below is a video on how to put it together!


I hope you enjoy and keep something on your desk that inspires YOU.


Chanukah Money Holder

Planning on giving some Chanukah money to some special people in your life?  Do it in style!  I love how easy the project below is to make, but it’s so festive and cheerful.  For those of you not yet subscribed to my mailing list, you should click here to subscribe.  In my next mailing, I’ll be including a step by step instruction sheet on how to make this project.

Here is the front of the money holder:


Here is the inside:


To make the project, cut the paper as follows:

  • 100867 Night of Navy cardstock (7″ x 8″)
  • 100730 Whisper White cardstock (2 ¾” x 6 ¾” )
  • 139590 Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) (¼” x 1 ¾” – cut 8; ¼” x 2″ – cut 1)

Score the Night of Navy cardstock at 3″ and 6.”  On the inside folded piece (the piece that will hold the money) put a thin coat of tombow glue on both outer edges to make a pocket.

TIP:  To make sure everything lines up as nicely as possible, first glue the center candle to the middle of the cardstock.  Then, before adhering the other pieces, lay them out so they are evenly spaced out and you like the layout (for example, I put the two darkest candles on the outer edges).  Once you’re happy with it, glue it down.

For the flames, I used 138646 Build a Birthday stamp set!  Of course, the flames are coated in Dazzling Diamonds.  What’s a card without sparkle?

Enjoy!  And don’t forget — only two more days to get my “For All Things” class for free.  Click here for more information.



New Class – In your Mailbox

Dear Friends,

I am SO EXCITED to share my newest class with you.  I know you will LOVE it.  I’ve put time and love into it and I know you’ll enjoy taking the class as much I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

The class uses the stamp set “For All Things,” but I designed it so that if you don’t have that stamp set, you could easily substitute what you already have on-hand.


The class consists of three parts:

  1. A kit that will mailed to you with the project pieces for you to stamp and assemble.
  2. An easy-to-follow instruction booklet.
  3. Videos for each of the four projects, to walk you through every step of the way.

I am so excited about this class that I’m offering it for FREE for a limited time.  Now through November 20th, the class is FREE with a $35 order from my Stampin’ Up site.  Click here to access.  On November 21th, the price of the class will go up to $25.  Note – when placing your order, be sure to use hostess code 7C7SF2KX.

For more information, click the tab on this blog labeled Class in the Mail.

Looking forward to stamping with you!


Template #2 Card

If you get my newsletter, you’ve seen Template #2.  I love it because it’s a basic template, but can look so elegant.  Below is the template.  You can also click on the template tab and download a pdf.


Here’s a card I made using the template:


I had so much fun using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set.  The flower comes in three pieces so you can add color gradients and dimension.  It is so lovely — and fun to use!  And it’s FREE with a $50 order till the end of March.

Here are the supplies I used to make the card:

  • Lotus Blossom Stamp Set (FREE during Sale-A-Bration)
  • Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, and Momento Tuxedo Ink
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (133701), Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky
  • Vintage Faceted Buttons (127555), Sponge, Doilies, Gold Baker’s Twine

Hexagon Bookmark

My bookmark for today uses the Hexagon stamp set, Six-Sided Sampler (130956).  I like the geometric shape of this bookmark.  It’s a little different from my typical style and makes me smile.

If you decide to copy this bookmark, feel free to change it out using your favorite colors.  I love soft pastels and always seem to gravitate towards them.  This bookmark would also look great in bold colors.  Give it a try and let me know what you come up with!


To make the bookmark:

  • Cut Smoky Slate to 5 1/2 x 2 and Wisteria Wonder to 4 1/4 x 2
  • Punch out the top of the Smokey Slate card stock using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324)
  • Using whisper white card stock and the Six-Sided Sampler (130956) stamp set, randomly ink up different images from the stamp set, stamp, and punch out with the hexagon punch.  I used Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Blushing Bride.
  • Adhere to the Wisteria Wonder card stock.
  • Using Wisteria Wonder and silver ribbon, tie to the top of the bookmark.

Book Recommendation:

My 4th book recommendation is Girl With a Pearl Earring by by Tracy Chevalier.  I loved the book because it is set in the 17th century and paints a picture (sorry for the pun) of the famous artist, Vermeer.  The book made me feel like I was walking the streets of Holland.  I love art history and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

⇒ Free kit with every $35 order.  Click the tab “Specials – Winter 2015” for more information.

Masculine Birthday Card

If I had to pick the hardest thing for me to craft, it would definitely be masculine cards.  I like flowers.  I like pink.  I like glitter.  I don’t like typical “guy” themes.  It’s just not me.  Not that I’m “girly girly.”  I’m SO not.  I just like flowers and pink things.  Below is a card I made for my brother.  Not even a hint of glitter! (Well, maybe there is a hint of it . . .)  What do you think?


I already sent the card off so I don’t have exact measurements.  On the left, I used a line of small brads to bring out a little glimmer.  On the whisper white card stock, I sponged a little Soft Sky on the top and Marina Mist on the top.  The Marina Mist card stock is resting on silver foil (gotta love the foil).  Stamp set is called  Open Seas — it’s a great stamp set for masculine cards.

Happy Birthday, dear sweet brother!!  Hope it’s an amazing year for you!!  XOXO