Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Christmas Tin of Tags Class's getting close to the Christmas season...don't panic, I have you covered!

Join me on October 16 to make this gorgeous tag kit.  I do all the work for just show up and craft!
Completed tin of tags kit
Tin of Tags Kit

This kit makes 30 tags, 3 each of 10 different designs and comes in a red storage tin.  It will take about 2 hours to complete.  

Prepayment is required for this class because I have to order the tin of tags kits from Stampin' Up!  The cost is $30 for the class and you get a $5 coupon that can be used on a $20 purchase that day.  I'll provide all of the ink, stamps, and adhesives.  All you have to provide is you!

RSVP and prepayment is due by October 9.  You can send your RSVP and Payment via PayPal at or you can RSVP via email or text and mail me your check.

I can't wait to stamp with you,

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Holiday Craft Escape

Our amazing leader, Kay Cogbill, hosted a holiday craft escape retreat at the Arkansas 4-H Center this weekend.  She so completely spoiled us!  There were table gifts, make and takes, prize patrol, crazy games, and a Christmas pajama party!

I made Christmas cards to send as party invitations, a tiny scrapbook, wine tags, and Christmas tags.  Having quiet time to craft, without the interruptions of life, can really unleash your creativity!

When we arrived at 4:00 on Friday, we got moved in and set up our stuff.  I'm seriously digging my set up this time!  All of my things were spread around me in an arc, ink on the left, embellishments and adhesive in the center, and stamps and punches to the right.

our setup at the retreat
Elizabeth and Virginia all set up!

The far end of the room
Amy, Deana, and Patience all set up!

Make n takes all set up for us
Make and Takes

The make and takes were fabulous.  The Halloween project is a match box and the Christmas project is a hot chocolate k-cup holder...with a tiny bag of marshmallows in the bottom!  I have to confess that I didn't actually make mine.  I was too busy doing my own thing to stop and work on the make and takes!  I have all of the parts, though and will make them at home.

flowers and cake for Kay's Gold promotion
Kay's Gold Celebration

This month I promoted to Silver Elite.  I've been working my hiney off since May to achieve this promotion.  And because I promoted to Silver Elite, Kay promoted to Gold (I know, right?  How amazing)!  She is so amazing and does so much to help us be better demos and uplines, that we decided that she needed a Golden celebration.  Patience ordered this gorgeous (and delicious) cake, Audra brought flowers, I bought Kay a gold sparkly crown, and Virginia got gold plates and napkins!
She was so totally surprised!  What fun!

Jars of Cheer Card

I had fun using new stamp sets and fun techniques.  On this card I embossed the spray of ornaments and holly and then colored it in with Stampin' Write Markers.  I stamped the jars on the left and right directly on the card.  The center jar was cut out and the added with dimensionals.

Christmas Mice Card

I love these little Christmas mice!  I borrowed this stamp set from Crystal and made this adorable card!

Wedding bells card
Wedding Bells are Ringing!

This bell stamp set and coordinating punch are so versatile.  In addition to Christmas phrases, there is also a Wedding sentiment.  I stamped the bells and the Mr. and Mrs. in Slate Gray and punched them out.  I also punched a bell from pink glimmer paper.  I think that ribbon is retired, but it came on a package from our  fearless leader and it just looked perfect on the card so I had to use it!

To Do List:
I needed to make about 30 spectacular cards to send out with invitations to my Holiday Classes.  I knew I wanted to make a Flirty Flamingo and Real Red card, and that I wanted to make a card using the Christmas bells stamps and punch.  So, I put on my creativity hat and got to work.

Star of Light card in alternate colors
Star of Light Card

I love this color combo.  Flirty Flamingo and Real Red make my heart happy!   I cut out that star using the star framelits and then very carefully folded it along the score lines to make it 3-D so it would pop off of the page.  I outlined the edges of the star in gold dazzling something.  The flourish behind the star is stamped in both Flirty Flamingo and Real Red.

christmas bells card
Christmas Bells

I used the Real Red Glitter embossing powder on the topmost  bell.  This embossing powder is absolutely gorgeous!  You have to see it to believe how beautiful it is!  I used the Christmas Pines stamps to make the greenery behind the bells in Old Olive.  The paper behind the white is also Old Olive, a perfect pine bough color.

Cherry Cobbler and Copper snowflake card
Copper and Cherry Cobbler Card

The third card I made using the Joy star stamp set.  I stamped the Snowflake in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The starry flourish behind the snowflake is stamped in Soft Suede.  I cut out the words from the ??? thinlints set in Copper Foil paper and attached them over the snowflake.  I think these are spectacularly simple.

T'was the Night Before Christmas

Christmas eve couldn't get here soon enough! Finally it arrived and the pajama party started!  Here's the whole gang; obviously some people forgot their jammies!
Everyone at the retreat
The Whole Stampin' Gang

All of the pajama contest peeps

As you can see, only these six souls were brave enough to wear their Christmas pajamas at the Retreat.  FYI -  Kay wore hers all day!

Sorority photo!

And of course we had to have a sorority, duck lips picture!

And last, but certainly not least, Kay made homemade peppermint marshmallows.  I can die now.

If you get a chance to attend one of Kay's retreats, don't miss it!

Joyful Stamping,

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Holiday Catalog Product Share

Do you want ALL. OF. THE. THINGS in the holiday catalog?  I know I do!  So, what about a few product shares so you can get some of all of it??

I'm doing three, sort of four, shares.  There will be a paper share, a ribbon share, and an accessory share. The fourth option is to get ALL OF THE SHARES!

all items in spread joy stamping paper share
Holiday Paper Share is $24.00 (plus $7 for shipping if needed)
When each share is full (4 people) I will order, cut, and mail in an expedient manner.

All items in the holiday accessory share
Holiday Accessory Share is $16.00 (plus $5 shipping if necessary)
When each share is full (4 people) I will order, divide, and mail in an expedient manner

holiday ribbon share from spread joy stamping
Holiday Fancy Ribbon Share is $8.00 (plus $5 shipping if necessary)
When each share is full (4 people) I will order, cut, and mail in an expedient manner

And the Full Monty...all three shares!  If you order all three shares, the cost will be $46.00 + shipping if necessary (I will combine all items into one package to save on shipping).  If you order the Full Monty I will add one FREE roll of Holiday Washi tape!

If you are interested in one, two, or all three shares, email me at and let me know which you would like.  After the share is full I will send you a PayPal link...or you can mail me a check.  After payment for all four of the shares is received, I will order those products.

Shipping is not required.  If you want to come pick up your share or arrange to meet me somewhere in the Little Rock Metro area, then I will not charge you for shipping...just let me know your preference in your email.

This is such a great deal!  I'm excited that I'm able to do this for ya'll.  Holler if you have questions!

Joyful Holiday Stamping!

Monday, September 5, 2016

You Say It's Your Birthday

Well it's my birthday, too!

My birthday was Saturday and I had a crafty birthday party for myself!  I decorated using the Festive Birthday DSP (141630) and some cute mini donkey pinatas that I found at Hobby Lobby.  My birthday cake even had "Fiesta Like There's No MaƱana" on it!

M'Liss gave me a cute wine glass and Cindy made me a perfect card (you'll see why later!).  I had seven (yes, seven) projects prepared for us to make.  They included a party hat, three cards, a clear gift box, a Halloween treat bag, and a Christmas popcorn box!  Crazy, I know!  It took us four hours to finish, but that included cake and ice cream time!

Here we are in our party hats.  They were all such good sports to make and wear their hats.
It's a Fiesta!

festive birthday party hat and cacti card
Festive Birthday Bash!
I saw this card on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  I didn't have any of the things from Festive Birthday Suite before...but now I have it all; just so we could make this card.  Because, how cute are these musical cacti?  Super cute!

I'm so in love with this card!  I think this card will be my swaps for OnStage Local in Kansas City.

I love the words that come with some of the thinlits.  I think they make a card or project so special.  I ended up making two cards with them.  The first one uses the Sweet Cupcake and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Bundle (142232) and the second one uses the Fox Builder Punch (141470) and the Hello You Thinlits (137363).  The fox card would be an adorable baby boy card, don't you think?

spread joy stamping cards using foxy friends and sweet cupcake
I love thinlits words!

The Foxy Friends card uses the A Little Foxy DSP stack (141637), the Fox Builder Punch, the Foxy Friends Stamp Set (141549), and Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon (141687). I love how the vine stamp is sized to perfectly frame the fox!

I wanted a Flirty Flamingo cupcake...but theres's no large format Flirty Flamingo background paper...what to do?  How about we make our own? Using the Playful Background stamps (141920) we stamped background paper.  The solid dot stamp was inked and the stamped off before being stamped on the Whisper White and then the open dot stamp was stamped with first generation Flirty Flamingo ink...voila!  A beautiful background!

Fruit stand card and clear box
Fruit Stand Friends
Look how Cindy's card goes with the clear box we made!  The Fruit Stand DSP is so cute and versatile (141660).  The colors are bright and cheery and the reverse sides are good for "non-fruity" uses!
The box uses the Best Badge Punch (140633) and the Badges & Banners (141610) stamp set along with some gold sequins and a white twine bow.  This is a super easy and quick way to make some appreciation gifts!

Cookie Cutter friends for the holidays
Cookie Cutter Holiday twins

And last, but certainly not least, are the Holiday treats we made.  Both of these treats used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396).  The Santa came from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set (142043) and the vampire is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set (142255).  How ingenious to have two stamp sets use the same punch!  You can buy these three items and some Christmas and Halloween DSP and have all of your holiday needs met.  The popcorn box (141473) is fun, isn't it?  You can cut two sheets of paper at once with this thinlit, so you'll have your treats done in no time!

We had so much fun on Saturday night!  Friends, stamping, cake, champagne, and treats...who could ask for more?  Thanks Cindy, Linda, Teri, M'Liss, Heather, Jen, and Virginia for being part of my birthday celebration.

Joyful Stamping,