Sunday, January 14, 2018

I Was Smitten with Mittens!

Hello Stampy Friends!
I simply fell in love with the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set and matching Framelits!  I made a zillion cards with them and ended up making almost ALL of the ornaments and decorations for my Christmas tree, too!  Yes, I realize that I can be a little bit obsessive when it comes to my Christmas tree!  When Charlie and Taylor quit even pretending to do any more to help me than getting the tree out of storage for me, I set myself free to do whatever I wanted with it!  I love having a theme, finding or making the ornaments, and decorating it (and wrapping the gifts to match) .  P.S. I also wrap fake gifts so that the tree won't be lonely before the shopping gets started...

I decided on Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White as the main colors with accents of Pool Party.  I even found some Pool Party ribbon at Michael's that had shiny Real Red polka dots!  I ordered some small wooden embroidery hoops on Amazon so I could create some faux candlewicking ornaments.

I cut out so many mittens with my big shot that I might have thrown my shoulder out of really.  You can only cut out one of the mittens with all of the cut-outs in it at a time.  And they are SO cute with a contrasting color behind them!  Of course I needed a lot of them!

I made a garland of mittens using simple white mittens with various colored wrist bands.  I glued them to white baker's twine...actually, I sandwiched the baker's twine between two of the same color wrist bands so the Multi-purpose glue wouldn't stick to everything else on the Christmas tree!

I found a template for a tiny house somewhere on the interwebs.  I cut out 8 or 9 of them from Stampin' Up! Cardstock and decorated them with stamps from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, tiny wreaths, ribbon, and Stampin' glitter!  They are so adorable!!

As a bonus, I saved one whole set of the stockings from the November Paper Pumpkin kit for my mantle!  I attached the small clear command hooks to the mantle and strung more white bakers' twine between them.  Then I attached the stockings to the twine with the mini clothes pins.  After I had them all spaced evenly, I went back and added a strand of battery-powered led lights along the top of the stockings.  Since the lights could just rest along the stockings, I didn't actually clip them to the stockings.  Since Charlie stores his bicycles in front of our non-fireplace, you can't get that close to the mantle so I wasn't worried about anyone knocking the lights off.

Here are all of the tiny houses, the garland, and the Mitten Ornaments...I'm still Smitten!

The is my faux candlewichking mitten.

Check out this mitten garland.  And my perfectly Pool Party with
Real Red polka dots ribbon!
These tiny houses are adorable, but a pain in the be-hind to make!
Haha!  I hid the battery pack in that Santa mug on the left end of the mantle!
Here's my whole tree.  You can't see much, but you can tell that my gift wrap matches!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a Joyful Hanukkah, a Happy Kwanza, and a great season of celebration with your friends and family!

Here is to a 2018 filled with joy and stamping (that's redundant because they're the same thing!)

Joyful Stamping,

PS - I'm presenting at OnStage in Ft. Worth in April!  Yeeha!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Display Stamper Application

Here I am, applying to be a display stamper again!  I only told a few people, but I missed the deadline to apply to be a display stamper in SLC (I got two deadlines mixed up) and I was devastated! I was super excited about the possibility that SO many people would see my work and then I completely screwed up!  So this time, my girl gang pinky swore to not let me miss the deadline!

I am so happy with what I have made!  I am super excited for everyone to see EVERYTHING!
With no further ado, here are the candidates for Miss Ft. Worth Display Board 2018

Here is Miss Mermaid, looking lovely in her shell swimsuit.

Look at Miss Partridge in her beautiful feather hat.

Miss Unicorn is simply stunning in her rainbow finery.
Here is Miss Surprise Birthday Scrapbook Page
looking lovely in her polka dots.
Look at Miss Narwal with her sequins and pearls.

Last, but certainly not least, behold Miss Christmas City's
sparkly snowy Christmas finery.

Here is a close up of Miss Christmas City's beautiful banner.

And just look at Miss Christmas City's cute bicycle.

Who will win the title this year?  With so many wonderful contestants this year the title could go to anyone!  Good luck to all of our stamped entrants.

I hope you enjoyed my silly flight of fancy!

Joyful Stamping,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas

I teased you last week with non-christmas projects from the 2017 Holiday catalog; this week I'm going to show you Christmas finally!  I have had a blast playing with the Christmas stamps.  You know I love making Christmas Cards - preferably ones with a jillion steps that are completely impractical to duplicate!

Here are a few of my favorite GPA cards (Gorgeous Pain in the A$$)!
This is made using Champagne Foil Paper and it's gorgeous!

More Champagne Foil paper and Both Layers of the Night in Bethlehem Thinlits!

I Took this Gold and Whte Striped Gift Bag Up a Notch with Multiple Layers!

This Shy Elf is so Cute when Watercolored with Non-traditional Colors!

I didn't make JUST impossible to duplicate cards!  I made a few cards for class and cards that are perfect for your Christmas cards.

Check out my holiday schedule at for my holiday classes.  Find some free time in there for YOUR private girls' night out and give me a call and we will get you on my schedule.

Private classes are so much fun!  You bring the girlfriends and the wine and I bring the fun!

Joyful Stamping,