Sale-a-bration 2014 Starts Today

SALE-A-BRATION STARTS TODAY!!!  This is the biggest sale Stampin’ Up! has every year.  Starting today, for every $50 you spend on Stampin’Up! merchandise (before tax and shipping) you will receive and item of your choice from the Sale-a-bration catalog. There is not a limit to how many free items you can earn.  Spend $100 get two items free.  Spend $300, earn 6 free items from Sale-a-bration, $50 hostess credit plus an additional $30 in hostess dollars for participating in Sale-a-bration.

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Have you ever thought about joining the Stampin’ Up Family?  Sale-a–bration is a perfect time to join.  During Sale-a-bration you can get your starter kit for Just $99 AND you get to select $150 worth of products!  Contact me and we can chat to see if you would like to join my team.  This special ends March 31, 2014.  Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity.





On a personal note, the Coombs family is finally getting over the flu. I will be able to start crafting again soon.  Tonight I spent the evening just catching up on the dishes.  Who knew 3 sick people could go through so many dishes??  The laundry didn’t get out of control because we were all in our pajamas for days :)  I guess there has to be a positive side to every thing.

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Birthday Gift Card Holder


Before I our family was sick with the flu, which left me with no stamping time since I am in bed, I made this birthday card.  Sorry I didn’t post it sooner.

If you look closely at the decorative paper, there are little tabs holding this card shut.  These two tabs were made with the envelope punch board.

When the card opens, the insert lifts the gift card.  In our family, the kids have nicked named gift cards as “kids debit cards”.  Man, are they smart cookies to understand how a debit card works.


I used some of the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (DSP).  That was the start of my card.  From there I chose the Strawberry Slush card stock which is one of the coordinating colors.  The card was for one of the girls in our family so pink was perfect.  I then selected Crushed Curry for a layer since that was used in the DSP.

I used Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Strawberry Slush markers for varying parts of the Birthday Cake stamp.  I love how the chevron pattern in the cake mirrors the chevron in the paper.  Don’t forget, your markers can provide you with lots of versatility on one image.  Remember to give your stamp the “breath of life” after you have colored it.  Give your stamp a little huff of air, the moisture in your breath will keep the ink wet.  I did the same thing with the verse on the inside using a stamp from Make A Wish.

I will make a video on how to create this card as soon as I am out of bed for more than a few minutes at a time. I have my laptop in bed with me.  Now to figure out how I can roll my bed into the craft room next to my desk.

Tuesday is the start of Saleabration.  Did you get your catalog in the mail to see all the FREE PRODUCT you can earn with every $50 order?  If not, let me know and I will get one to you right away.

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Flu Season Has Hit

Our school system and my family have been hit with the flu. I put up a good fight, but the flu won. I have been in bed way longer than I want to be. I’m in it now even.

I hear all sorts of things calling my name: homework (which I would ignore but it’s required for my job), laundry and dishes ( but I’ve managed to ignore them so much it has become background noise), and my craft room.  I miss you craft room and I will be back to see you as soon as I can sit up without a pounding headache or nausia.

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Gift Bag Made with 12×12 Paper-Video

My daughter has had the flu which has kept me from doing much of anything except laying with her in my bed, snuggling.  Yesterday, she was crying with the aches and pains and chills.  Today, we played lots of UNO.  I was lucky enough to win once :) .   After awhile she told me to go craft.  My heart just filled with love.  My daughter put me before herself.  She new I had not done any stamping or blogging since last week.  What a sweet, precious little girl.  Yeah right.  She wanted me gone so she could lay across the bed to SEE THE TV BETTER.  (I should have known, right??)


Anyhow, here is gift bag and card I made today.  You will see retired ribbon.  I didn’t have any current ribbon that matched.  Hmmm, add that to my list.

This bag is based on one my stamp club made at Christmas time.  Only today did I realize I didn’t post it on my blog.  So here is the one we made a Christmas.  Everyone really enjoyed


making these bags.  One of my club members made a bunch of them for a craft fair & the money went to cancer research.  My club members are so awesome.

Ok back to making the gift bag.  Get out your score board, two coordinating pieces of 12×12 Designer Series Paper, Sticky Strip, a pair of scissors, a little ribbon and follow this video.


Gift Bag Video

I am using Firefox now.  Safari wouldn’t show the video.  I do not know about other browsers.  You may have to click here to see the video.

I am sorry for not always being in the shot.  I am using my new iPad, and getting used to a new tripod as well.  It attaches to my desk and is actually over my head when I am sitting and directly in my way if I am standing to make projects. I am not a movie editor by any stretch of the word.  However, like I said once before, if my seventh grade students can figure out how to make movies, I am going to try my darnedest to learn myself. I hope you like it and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me.

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Mini Gift Bag


I think I need to give you a little background info on this adorable little gift bag.  Yesterday, we had a family birthday.  My daughter made her cousin some of those rubber band bracelets and rings.  She needed a little tiny bag.  Hmmm, I had a little bit of designer series paper left over.  Well, here we come You Tube.

I found a video by Sam Donald, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK.  She made these adorable little bags.  She made 8 of them from one 12″x12″ piece of DSP.  Super cute, super easy.  My type of project just minutes before heading out the door to a birthday party for a 7 year old.

It starts off with a piece of paper measures 4″x6″.  Place the 4″ side at the top of your score board.  Score at one inch.  Turn your paper so the 6″ side is at the top of your score board.  Score at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, and 5 1/2″. Cut out the little rectangle in the corner.  Then cut up to the one inch score line intersection.

On the little skinny section you have, place a line of red sticky strip.  Tape the edges together.  Fold up the flaps, and put a small piece of sticky strip on the final flap. I used the Essentials Hardware Clips to close the top.  I stamped the image from A Round Array colored with my Bermuda Bay marker.  I punched it out with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle punch.

Everyone at the party thought it was the cutest little bag ever, and they loved the rubber band jewelry.  All I have to say is thank you You Tube, you saved the day.  Tomorrow, I will post the card that went with the bag.

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The Power of Two Chocolates


As you may remember, I work in Special Education.  The behavior program to be exact, which has it’s good days and it’s days you want to come and take a nap from the exhaustion.

Our classroom had chocolate hidden here and there for staff.  I made this little chocolate holder for my friend who had a really rough day.  You know the type of day where one chocolate just isn’t quite enough.

It only took minutes to make.  I cut a 2″x 7 1/2″ strip of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I then scored at  3 1/2″ from each end.  Next, I punched each end with the new Scallop Tag Punch.  I stamped the image from Yippee-Skippee.  Normally, you may have thought this image was for weddings or anniversaries.  It works well with chocolate and coffee :) . A little piece of Chevron Ribbon tied off with Crisp Cantaloupe stretch ribbon.  Last but not least, I added two pieces of chocolate.image


I just love little quick gifts to let people know you care for them.  It is one of those win-win situations.  I get a little paper therapy time and I know I will make the person know I am thinking of them and caring for them.  It also cheers them up too. And we all know CHOCOLATE MAKES THINGS BETTER.

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Five Way Flower


The Five Way Flower is such a cute little stamp.  You can simply stamp it on a card or stamp it once and punch it out with the large scallop punch.  If you want a 3D flower, there is a scallop punch that coordinates with each layer.

Here a made a little card 3″x3″ card once it is folded.  The Old Olive card stock was cut 3″ x 7 1/2″.  I was scored at 3″ and 6″  so it has a little flap on the front.  It is held shut with a piece of Chevron Ribbon.image

I stamped the image in several times in several shades of orange and yellow and punched each layer with one of the several coordinating  punches Stampin’ Up! carries.  I used dimensionals.


I attached the flower to the flap on the card.  I stamped the inside of the card with an image from Blessings From Heaven.  Now I have a small little card to let someone know how special they are to me.


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Hugs & Kisses


Did you purchase the Circle Card Thinlits Die?  You don’t have to use all the extra pieces with just circle cards.  Here I cut the “XOXO” from Basic Black and the banner, also from the Circle Card Thinlits set, from Whisper White.  I traced just the edges with the side of my Basic Black marker to give it a little pop against the Rose Red and White card.  The Basic Black hearts in the corners are from the thinlet set too.  I am not sure if it will show if you click to enlarge the photo, but I traced the edge of the black with the white chalk marker.

This card was very easy to make.  It is just a Whisper White card stock base.  The En Francais background stamp is used with Rose Red ink.  A 1 1/2″ strip of Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper (DSP)  was added to a Basic Black strip of card stock that had been punched with the Scallop Border Punch.

There you have it, another quick and easy card just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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I Think You’re Lovely


I  absolutely love the Saleabration set called You’re Lovely.  It has such small dainty flowers.  I stamped it with Raspberry Ripple on Blushing Bride card stock twice.  I cut one complete layer out with the Deco Framelits.  The second image I punched the circle part of the image with the 1 3/4″ circle punch and raised it with dimensionals.

Did you notice the ribbon.  You are probably looking to see which new ribbon it is.  No, it isn’t the burlap ribbon.  It is the new Chevron Ribbon.  The chevron is only printed on one side.  It is actually the back side of the ribbon.  I just tied it in a knot.

The 3D rose is the new Spiral Flower die cut from Blushing Bride card stock.  With this awesome die, it only takes a few minutes to make beautiful 3D flowers.  Most of that time is waiting for the glue to dry :)  All you have to do is wind the spiral between your forefinger and thumb.  It is that easy!  You have to get this die.

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Banner Blast- Saleabration Sneak Peek

imageHere is a card using lots of products from the Saleabration catalog that will start Jan 28, 2014.  It also uses the 2012-2014  In Colors.  They will only be available a few more months as well.  I will miss them, will you?

The base is Raspberry Ripple. The top layer is Primrose Petals embossed with Decorative  Dots Embossing Folder our first Saleabration item.

The small banners are from a set called Banner Blast; each one was colored with one of the 2012-2014 In Color markers.   These are the perfect size for markers.  Don’t forget, markers are a great way to get lots of color on a project. Banner Blast is the second item from the Saleabration catalog.

After the little banners were stamped, I punched them with a coordinating banner punch.  Item number three from the Saleabration catalog.  This punch will also be carried over in the 2014-2015 Big Idea Book & Catalog.

The large banner was stamped with an image from Love You to the Moon.  It was then cut out with the Hearts a Flutter Framelits and Big Shot.  All the banners are hung on a piece of  the new silver bakers twine.

For those of you who don’t know what Saleabration is, it is one of the biggest annual events Stampin’ Up has.  For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful products you can select a FREE item of your choice from their Saleabration Catalog.  There is no limit on how many free items you may receive.  Spend $100 receive two free items, Spend  $150 earn three free items PLUS HOSTESS CREDIT. Have you received your catalog in the mail?  If  not let me know and I will get one too you.  Saleabration runs Jan 28-March 31.  You have lots of opportunities to earn free products.

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Springtime Butterflies


Has it been cold where you are?  Have you been part of the Polar Vortex?  I have been and I am tired of it, and according to the Farmers Almanac we will continue to have storms into the end of April here in Maine.  Have I ever mentioned I really don’t like the cold, or that I stare at my rhinestone flip flops?

That is one of the many reasons I love this new Designer Series Paper  called Watercolor Wonder.  It has blues, yellows and greens.  To me all those colors say spring and sunshine.  My entire house is yellow on the inside since we spend so much time here in the winter.  Especially on years where it is so cold children are not allowed to go outside to play at recess.  So spring was the inspiration of this project.

Last Halloween, Angie Kennedy Juda made an adorable Halloween wreath.  It was really cute.  However, I don’t do a lot Halloween decorating.  I kept the technique stashed away in my brain for another day.  Once the Occasions Catalog came out I knew I wanted to make a wreath.

It took most of an afternoon between laundry and interrupting children and animals.  If I had been left alone, I think I could have finished in a couple hours.  Take 6 sheets of 12″x12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut them into 1/2″x12″ strips.  Next use your bone folder to curl the paper the same way you would curling ribbon.

I had a styrofoam wreath from who knows when, for whatever project I was going to make at the time.  The only other item I had to get from the local craft store was a package of straight pins. From there assembly is easy, just time consuming.  Place a straight pin in the middle of your curled paper and pin it to the styrofoam ring.  I did this to half the ring.  I left the back plain so it could lay flat against the door.

Once the ring was filled in the way liked, I cut out two butterflies from the Beautiful Butterflies die.  I embossed them with a retired embossing folder (I believe it was called Elegant Lines if I remember correctly).  Then add some rhinestones for a little bling.

This styrofoam ring has a hole in the back to hang it by.  If your wreath doesn’t have this, I tie coordinating ribbon to the wreath before completely filling the wreath with paper curls.

What will you be creating to get over the winter time blues?

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Hearts, Dots & Chevron!


Are you tired of Hearts a Flutter yet?  I remember when this was a new set last year.  I liked it and never really got a chance to play with it as much as I liked.  This year I am playing with it like it is a brand new set.   I guess when it sits on the shelf for almost a year, it is like getting a new set!

I also was getting a little tired of pink and red cards.  On Pinterest I saw a card by Holly Krautkremer. It had reds, pinks, white and green.  I really liked the green aspect, but I was getting tired of Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride.  I took Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, and Smokey Slate.

The chevron design in the little heart inspired using the Chevron Embossing folder. The large green heart was punched with the Large Heart Punch.  I embossed it with Decorative Dots embossing folder that will be available during Saleabration.  Finally, I added a little strip of designer series paper with dots for another visual layer.  There it is, a nontraditional Valentine’s Day card.paper therapy order_22-001

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A Delightful Dozen Hearts A Flutter

Here is an adorable card for Valentine’s Day.  I originally had not planned on making a

imagebunch of different cards for Valentine’s Day; but one thing leads to another and here I am making another card with Hearts a Flutter.  It must be all the hearts that put love in the air. :)

The card base is Blushing Bride card stock.  I used lots of scraps on this card.  I absolutely love using up every little piece of card stock!  Don’t you? The red strip is Cherry Cobbler which is approximately 1 1/2″ wide.  I used the small heart from Hearts a Flutter to stamp tone on tone with Cherry Cobbler ink.  If you click on the image, you should be able to see the little red hearts on there.

I used white card stock to punch the scallop board punch along the edge.  I had planned on cutting the white strip narrower so it was just a scallop trim.  Then I noticed the white scrap was big enough to leave a little border on each side of the Cherry Cobbler strip.  Don’t be afraid to change your plan in the middle of a project.  You never know how things will turn out.

Two banners were stamped with the Cherry Cobbler ink onto the card base  I used the Valentine verse from Delightful Dozen with Cherry Cobbler ink on the Crumb Cake card stock. If you look closely you will see a tiny rhinestone dots the “i”.

There you have another easy card for Valentine’s Day.


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Hearts A Flutter with Perfect Pennants


Have you ever had stampers block?  I do. I usually go to Pinterest for inspiration.  I made three cards using Pinterest for a starting point.  This card was inspired by a card that was created by Chantal Caste.

I used Blushing Bride for the base. The top layer is Very Vanilla.  I stamped the banner and verse with Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride ink using the new stamp set, Perfect Pennants.

I used Hearts of Flutter stamp set and framelits to to stamp and cut the hearts.  I sponged the edge of the large heart to give it added dimension.

After cutting both hearts out with the coordinating framelits, I used dimensionals to make them pop off the page.  Easy peasy once you get a little inspiration.

What inspires you?? Is it music, nature, or Pinterest?  Leave a comment below to let  me know.

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Sweetheart Treat Box


What Valentine wouldn’t like a container of dark chocolate? It doesn’t show, but there is a baggie of dark chocolate candies inside the box.

This cute little project uses only one sheet of card stock.  A half sheet for the box, and a half sheet for the two hearts that are cut with the Heart Framelits.

The box is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  On the two long sides score 1 1/2″ from each edge.  On the two short sides score at 3 1/2″.  On the short side snip on the fold to the intersection.  Use red sticky tape to close the sides of the box.

I placed the top of the box with the center of the heart top, you know, the little divot between the two curves…The point at the bottom of the heart is longer than the box so I just used my scissors to cut that off.

The banners are cut from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  They were scraps, but I would say they are pretty close to one inch wide each.  I stamped the image from Love You to the Moon on white card stock with Coastal Cabana.  I punched it with the 1 3/4″ circle punch and layered it on the large scallop circle punch.  What Valentine’s project would be complete without a little bit of bling?  The tiny heart was punched with the owl punch out of the red glimmer paper.  Don’t you just love Stampin’ Up! glimmer paper.  It is the only one I have used that I don’t end up with glitter all over myself.

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Happy Watercolor Grunge

I think this will be my last Happy Watercolor card for this week.  It depends how much stamping time I get.  I love this tone on tone card.  Elegant Eggplant is the only pop of color


to the card.

The card base is Crumb Cake with a top layer of Crumb Cake that I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and stamped the spots from Happy Watercolor.  I made banners from the new Chevron Ribbon and the Burlap Ribbon both in the Occasions Catalog.  I adhered them with glue dots.  They seem to stick better than snail adhesive.

I stamped the flower from Happy Watercolor onto Whisper White card stock with Elegant Eggplant ink.  I punched it out using the 1 3/4″ circle punch and then sponged it with Crumb Cake ink as well.  The tag underneath is made by punching the Modern Label Punch with Crumb Cake card stock and the Decorative Label Punch in Elegant Eggplant.  A strand of the Burlap Ribbon was used to make the small bow.  (Once you cut the edge of the ribbon it is very easy to pull they strands apart.)  All these layers were added with dimensionals.

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You Make Me Happy With Happy Watercolor

Another pretty flower from Happy Watercolor.  On the Whisper White card base I stamped


the Crisp Cantaloupe background image that comes with this set, then stamped over it with the flower in Basic Black.

The Crisp Cantaloupe layer and top Whisper White were layered together then punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  You will want to be careful doing this.  I did jam my punch at first and got both layers stuck in it.  Next time, I would punch the cantaloup layer first then adhere the white layer and punch a second time just to be on the safe side.

After punching the circle, I stamped the verse in Crisp Cantaloupe.  Wrapped some white taffeta ribbon around the card and tied a knot.  I adhered the two layers to the base of the card with several dimensionals.


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Happy Watercolor with Gratitude

Here is one of the beautiful flowers from Happy Watercolor.  This flower stem could be used for Mother’s Day, Easter, or a birthday.


The card base is Elegant Eggplant.  The Wisteria Wonder layer was embossed with Decorative Dots embossing folder that will be available in the Saleabration catalog coming out later this month. Wrap a piece of white taffeta ribbon around the base.

I colored the flowers with a blender pen and Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi.  I cut an oval with the Oval Framelits and mounted it on a larger oval cut from Elegant Eggplant.

I stamped gratitude, from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set, with Elegant Eggplant ink on white card stock, punched with the Word Window punch.  Then layered it onto Elegant Eggplant punched with the Modern Label punch.

Have you received your copy of the  Occasions Catalog yet?  If not, email me with your mailing address and I will get your FREE copy to you.  Until then you can read it online here.

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Pssst….Happy Watercolor


Here is a card made with the new set called Happy Watercolor.  It has some beautiful flowers that I will be showing you later this week.  For now I am focusing on the verses.  I just love the little “pssst…” stamp.  It reminds me of how I whisper something special to loved ones.

The card base is Basic Gray with a layer of Whisper White.  The bottom half of the card is new Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I love this chevron pattern with the rainbow of colors.

Did you notice the piece of Strawberry Slush?  That is a new Scallop Tag Punch that I punched both ends of the tag.  Then I was able to run a piece of ribbon through it.  I think this card needs a coordinating gift bag.  That is something I will be working on later this week so keep your eyes open.

Pssst….there may be a video tutorial on a gift bag.

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Sneak Peek #8 Perfect Pennants

Here is the last of my sneak peeks since the new Occasions Catalog starts tomorrow.  A fairly simple layout but I like it quite a bit and I love the flowers of the Designer Series Paper.


The card base is Baked Brown Sugar with a layer of Coastal Cabana which was stamped with the Coastal Cabana ink in the lower right hand corner.  A 2″ strip of DSP from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  The seam is covered with Baked Brown Sugar ruffled ribbon.  The verse was stamped on white card stock and punched with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  The Decorative Label Punch was used on Real Red card stock and placed on the card with dimensionals.

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