Totally Trees – What was I thinking?

Totally Trees – What was I thinking when I created the card and planned the post for today.  This is a retired stamp set! But card was made and I had an appointment so you know what…we are going with it!

This was a great stamp set with various branches and then shapes for leaves. 

I used Cajun Craze as the cardstock base and then ran Crumb Cake card stock through the Big Shot using Seaside Textures. When you run the lines vertically, they look like branches.  The sentiment is from Painted Harvest Photopolymer stamp set.

Another lesson learned this week was my attempt to resize images.  The thumbnail size is too small for posts read using a phone.  Also I created a gallery of pictures instead of one beneath the other like those inserted today, those didn’t show up at all on a phone view but were fine when viewed online. So until I figure it out I will use a larger image for the card and thumbnail size for the products. If you didn’t see the product used yesterday, just revisit the post.

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Create joy! Deena



Lovely As A Tree

Trees are the theme of the week. Lovely As A Tree stamp set is probably the oldest returning set in Stampin’ Up! annual catalogs. Everyone loves it and we never want to see it retire!  All of the stamps are simple and stately.  It is versatile and can be used so many different ways. I’ve made sparkly trees, Christmas trees and used them as trees in the background. I’ve seen mirror image trees in the water, funky colored trees and as backgrounds for witches, Santas, snowmen, a variety of animals, balloons, cars and airplanes. I never tire of seeing new ideas with this set!

I used a border of Merry Little Christmas (green plaid), our new Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog and used the Stitched Shapes Framelits as the border around my tree. I added a couple of thin gold foil strips of washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape bundle. The foil gold leaf is from the September Paper Pumpkin project kit. 

Tomorrow I will share a card using the Totally Trees stamp set from our Annual Catalog.

Create joy! Deena

Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more!

Halloween Weekend #4 – I couldn’t resist one more post with a card and a treat box idea.  (I’m not ready for Monday anyway so why not post a “Weekend” post.)

Not all Halloween cards need to use the Spooky Cat, Graveyard Gate or Creep It Real Halloween stamp sets. I opted for a cute theme and used the Foxy Friends stamp set.  I used the pumpkins from the Pick a Pumpkin bundle. The Happy Halloween is an old Stampin’Up! stamp but so darn cute, I had to use it with the fox peeking in to say Happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Box 

I used the new little pizza boxes in Holiday Catalog to create a couple of treat boxes for Halloween treats. They don’t have to have black cats and use scary themes to be adorable for Halloween. One of the boxes has a circle trim from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper and a sweet orange cat instead of (my favorite) black cat punch. For the second treat box I created a border trim from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. I decorated with burlap ribbon, a foil pumpkin and branch stem made with gold and copper foil paper. The foil gold leaf in the back on the window sheet is one of the leaves from the September Paper Pumpkin kit. 

Paper Pumpkin Reminder

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by end of day (11:50 MT) October 10 to receive this month’s kit. There still haven’t been any new clues except that October and November will be a coordinating theme for card and gift giving. This picture was provided on the marketing flyer. Of course you don’t have to purchase October and November to have a complete project. They are stand alone kits. If you subscribe and are busy a month, you can hold a month at any time by logging in to the Paper Pumpkin site and placing the project for that month on hold. The deadline to join or change is always the 10th of each month. (The problem is I am always afraid I will miss a good month so I just save the kit if I don’t have time for it the month it arrives!)

Click here to subscribe!

Something to make you smile…

Thanks for joining our Halloween weekend fun, Butters wanted to drop by and say Hi!

The leaves are just beginning to change here in Illinois so I think I might work with fall leaves and trees for this week’s theme. Let’s see what I come up with!

Create joy! Deena

Halloween Weekend #3

My post for Halloween Weekend #3 is an idea that I took from our Holiday catalog but changed it up a bit.  These cute acrylic boxes are in the Holiday and the Annual Catalog.  Stampin’Up! used the black cat punch (yes, I was tempted to use it again!), the witches hat and a sentiment. 

I used the new black/white ribbon from the Merry Little Christmas Suite, a pumpkin from Pick A Pumpkin bundle and the sentiment from Spooky Cat stamp set.

I found the cute little orange jelly pumpkins at a discount store in our area (Big Lots).  They are so adorable!


Did you make or send a card for World Card Making Day? World Card Making Day might be over but don’t forget that the specials continue until Tuesday, Oct. 10.  Check out my post on Sept 30 for all the details.  Remember that the Fast Fuse was removed from the specials due to inventory and the large number of orders that were placed!

Another Halloween Treat

Another Halloween Treat was one that I saw on a Facebook Live by another demonstrator.  I didn’t write down the dimensions but I remembered that she used the Scalloped Tag Topper which has a 2 inch opening for cardstock and I assumed I needed a 1 inch score on the bottom to make the base.  Then I just created a belly band to wrap around the candies and hold the candy in the mini treat pouch.  It turned out cute.

I hope your Sunday is a wonderful one!

Create joy! Deena



Halloween Weekend #2 and World Card Making Day

It’s Halloween Weekend #2 and World Card Making Day!  What a great day to make a card and send to someone you’ve been meaning to send a note or just to say Hello.  Sending a handmade card lets people know you care enough to put thought and energy into the card you are sending.  They can be simple and sweet. It will be appreciated regardless of the complexity of the card details.

I mentioned in my Facebook Live, Stamping – Short and Sweet a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to order the Large Letter stamps and framelits.  I love the Eclipse technique I demonstrated and decided they were an investment I wanted to make. While planning for my Halloween Weekend posts I spotted a card similar to this one on our Demonstrator Planning Facebook group.  It is an awesome group to share ideas and ask for advice. I can’t recall who it was that posted it but I am definitely admitting to CASE’g (copy and share everything) the card. It’s an awesome idea and I am glad that my Large Letters arrived. I used the Swirly Scribbles framelits and created the “O” in the Boo with black cardstock . 

As you can see I also used my favorite Cat Punch. I also stamped a little pumpkin from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and cut it out with the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits.  The Trick or Treat sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper I featured yesterday.

An Adult Size Treat

Another idea that I saw online was a cute candy wrapper and decorations using the Spooky Night Designers Series Paper, Cat Punch and Pick A Pumpkin bundle. We made some of these at Stamp Night last week, super cute!

(Are you getting the idea – not every idea that you come up with as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has to be an original one! We share a lot!)

World Card Making Day

So, what will you create today? I’ll share some of my ideas tomorrow.

Something to make you smile…

Create joy! Deena


Let’s have a Halloween Weekend!

Have you decorated for Halloween yet? Are you going to stamp some cards for family, friends or little crafts for Trick or Treaters?  Let’s have a Halloween Weekend! I’ll share some cards and project ideas with you.

I just can’t get enough of this spooky tree! Today’s visitor is an owl that just wants to get dressed and have fun with the little trick or treaters. 

I used the Spooky Cat stamp set and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  

I stamped the owl and the hat, then “fussy cut” the each of them and then adhered them with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I used the sentiment from the stamp set.

I think I have used this DSP more than any other in a very long time! It is just so versatile!

Be sure to check for each blog post throughout the weekend so you can see all the cards and projects.

Fast Fuse Update

I posted an update on Facebook Thursday regarding Fast Fuse.  Stampin’ Up! advised demonstrators today that the special to buy a Fast Fuse and then receive 2 free refills (part of the World Card Making Card specials) was such a hit they had to stop taking orders for now.  At some point when inventory is replenished they will let us know and offer it again.  If you were planning to order some by October 10, I am sorry for the inventory issue but will let you know as soon as I see we are ready to have a special Fast Fuse sale again!

Create joy! Deena


Paper Pumpkin – Creativity in a box

Paper Pumpkin – Creativity in a box. Each and every month you will receive everything you need for cards and projects delivered directly to your door.  September was adorable, I can’t wait to see what ships this month!  Sign up by October 10th to receive this month’s project.  You can put a hold on any month that you want to skip due to travel or a hectic schedule. But I know you won’t want to miss any! 

The first month after you register you will receive a clear acrylic block that will be used for the stamps provided in your kit. Refill kits of paper or embellishments are available at the end of the month after all orders have shipped, I just received my extra packets of supplies. The gold foil leaves are gorgeous and I wanted plenty of them on hand. 

The stamp set included a stamp that I think is one of my favorite of all time from Stampin’ Up! – “Be Filled With Thanks Each Day”. I love it!

If you would like a better idea of what is included in each kit and how many projects are included, watch this video on YouTube of the September project kit.

Click here to see the Paper Pumpkin video!

I hope you join me as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. Please be sure to select me as your demonstrator and then join the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Facebook or visit Pinterest for amazing alternative ideas each month using the project kit from Paper Pumpkin subscribers. We know that the upcoming kits for October and November are going to match and offer a way to create coordinating projects. Check out one of my earlier blogs for the marketing image we were provided. I can’t wait!

Create joy! Deena

Create Cheer, Any Time of Year

Create Cheer, Any Time of Year!

Create Cheer, any time of year with the versatile Merry Cafe stamp set.  I love Tuesdays, as a demonstrator we receive corporate updates and also our Succeed Weekly newsletter for ideas and training tips.

Recently Stampin’ Up! shared this great image and ideas regarding using the Merry Cafe stamp set paired with the Coffee Cafe stamp set. Whether a simply cup of coffee, images of pumpkin lattes or festive ciders or peppermint cocoa to invoke feelings of warmth, friendship and cozy times together. There is no end to a season of connecting with friends and spending special times together!

Create Joy, Deena

Sometimes we feel a little (or a lot) helpless

Sometimes we feel a little (or a lot) helpless. What do we do? Where do we turn? I hope that you have a faith or a belief in the world that there is good, that evil can be/will be overcome.  It’s been a bit overwhelming lately.

Spending time in my craft area, creating cards to share with you or to send to others is something that brings me joy and is a way to brighten the day of someone else. It isn’t just paper and stamps, it’s a way to share your feelings with others, express yourself and your love and friendship.

Monday night Sandra Boynton, a lovely artist, posted this on Facebook. I love the message. We can share so many feelings with our art!

Create joy! Deena

My order is placed for World Card Making Day!

I didn’t want to wait, my order is placed for World Card Making Day!  There were a couple of items that I didn’t have from the WCMD specials list so I placed my order today and look forward to sharing card samples with you.  

Also my order was large enough to qualify for the FREE Merry Patterns stamp set.  If you don’t have an order large enough on your own when placing your order for holiday cards, let me know if you want to host a stamping gathering or an online/virtual party.  There are lots of ways to earn this set for yourself!  You simply have to have a party order of $300 – piece of cake! 

My other reason for ordering…

Stampin’ Up! is introducing an artist quality alcohol blend marker and as a demonstrator we were able to pre-order beginning today! I ordered four of the color combinations.  I am anxious to try them out and then to share information when we have the marketing info to share with you! I love demonstrator perks like this!

See you tomorrow, until then…

Create joy! Deena