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Who doesn't love cake?

My Favorite Thing!
My absolute favorite thing about Stampin' Up! is our matching stamps and punches! I love being able to stamp an image and then color it, glitter it, or emboss it and then just PUNCH IT OUT and have a perfect shape that's ready to be used however I want to in about 3 seconds! PUNCH! Ready to use! Just like that!

When I opened the 2019 Occasions Catalog and saw a new cake builder punch with a matching stamp set with tons of cakes AND tons of cute sentiments, well, I just knew that I had to have it!
The Stamp Set is called Piece of Cake (148610) and it's only $17.00!  The new punch is the Cake Builder Punch (148525) and it's just $18.00.  They're bundled in the new catalog for 10% off, making them just $31.50!  Just wait until you see this card...I think you'll find that this bundle is well worth the price.

I just went crazy here! I used the Grapefruit Grove Foil Cardstock from the new Saleabration brochure behind the new Gingham Gala DSP, I pu…

#simplestamping Thank You Card Challenge

#simplestamping Thank You Card Challenge At OnStage 2018 in Orlando, Sara Douglass challenged us to make a thank you card with an Annual Catalog stamp set, a note card, and ink.  #simplestamping cards should appeal to beginning stampers. While we all love to get crazy with our cards, adding ribbon, layers of paper, rhinestones, and die cut or punched shapes, cards like this, while beautiful can be intimidating for beginning stampers.  When we ask our friends to bring their friends to stamp with us and then we ask them to stamp a card with eleventy steps...we wonder later why they never came back!

Here's my take on #simplestamping, Crafty Creating, and Avid Stamping.
The beginning of all three of these cards is the Stamp Set, Peaceful Place - 146689.  I stamped the scene in the background and kept it simple for the beginning stamper, then added for the Crafty Creater, and the Avid Stamper.

For the Beginning Stamper, I stamped the scene in Gray Granite, the sentiment, "Thinking…

Halloween Treat Time!

Trick or Treat! Who doesn't love Classroom Halloween parties?  No peanuts, nothing that will melt, no red dye #7,342, nothing shaped like a sword! Come on, where's the fun in that? I have a simple solution for you. Halloween hand sanitizer holders! The perfect solution.  The containers are cute, most kids actually LIKE hand sanitizer these days, the teachers will be happy, and you will have a fun night of crafting!
October 16 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Elizabeth's House (text or email for the address) $15.00 for 10 hand sanitizer holders with hand sanitizer RSVP and payment are due on October 10 
Happy Haunting! Elizabeth

July 2018 Color Challenge

A Color Challenge Good Enough to Eat! June was British, but July is distinctly American!  What do you think about in the summer?  I think about gardens, farmers' markets, homemade ice cream, pies, corn on the cob, and cook outs!  This challenge has the some of the best parts of those.  Behold...the July Challenge!
Strawberries, blueberries, and red gingham... don't those just say picnic to you? They do to me.  Of course, it's usually too hot for a picnic in July.😊  We had some great entries in July and I couldn't pick just one, so I decided to feature them all!

Happy Summer Everyone, I hope you're enjoying the color challenges!
Joyful Stamping, Elizabeth

June 2018 Color Challenge

Papermadeprettier Color Challenge June 2018
Kay and I have been cooking up something new!  We have a Business Challenge and a Creative Challenge that are both tied into the team meeting and prizes and that are really contests.  We wanted to create something fun that everyone could do.  Something that let the hobbyists and those that are building a business could all have a fun competition with each other on equal footing.  Kay and I talked about it and then she kind of set me free to build it and run it.  We agreed that we wouldn't hold everyone to current products only, but that there wouldn't be prizes...well besides the prize of being featured on my fabulous blog!  And with no further ado, here is the first of the Papermadeprettier Color Challenge!

June 2018 Featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the Occasion of the Wedding of her Grandson  HRH Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle
I think that people weren't ready for this color challenge!  There were two entries in J…

What a Summer!

Kidney Stones Anyone? No?  I didn't think I'd have any takers! Between my Frozen Shoulder, my toenail surgery, and my kidney stone triplets, it's been one heck of a summer at my house! However, it hasn't all been can get some good crafting done in bed!
Let me show you the wonders that I created while confined to bed...doesn't that sound delightfully Victorian? If only I had had some bed jackets to wear!

I made these two because I love this stamp set so much! I have already used the cake in class, but I wanted to play around with some of the other parts.  I love the flower patterned skirt, don't you? I used the Thank You card in class, and while a friend wanted to come but couldn't she did end up commissioning 10 cards from me!

We also made this lovely card in class.  It was fun to color that dove green!  I used an assortment of paper from a couple of different sets of DSP on this card, and actually ended up stamping the bottom piece of Soft Sea F…

What's happening this Summer?

Creating Grace Card ClassOn the Second Tuesday of each month we meet at Elizabeth’s house from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm to create together!  You take home six cards (two each of three designs) plus envelopes for $15 or the class is free with a minimum $20 purchase.  At each class, one of the cards we make will have been designed to uplift or comfort a friend in sorrow or need.
This class is composed of new and seasoned stampers, so everyone is welcome! We would love to meet you; we always need more stamping friends.
RSVPs are due by 5:00 pm on the day before!
Sign up for my email list so you can stay up to date about the next Creating Grace Card Class! 

Technique Tuesday Stamping Club
For the more seasoned stampers, I have a Technique Club on the First Tuesday of each month.  This class meets at Elizabeth’s house from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  At this class we learn a new, fun technique each month.  Each class includes a 6X8 Memories n’ More page (after the first class you will get a new page ever…

Petunia's OnStage Presentation

Welcome to Petunia's Blog Post!
Petunia is so excited that you are here today!  She has been bouncing off the walls since we left OnStage...well as much bouncing off the walls as bulldogs ever do!  She has been so excited for this blog hop.  Silly puppy!

We had so much fun on stage stamping with y'all! I had no idea that it would be that much fun.  Thanks to all of you for laughing in all of the right places and for making Petunia feel pretty.

I hope you all ordered the Sitting Pretty Bundle as part of your Petunia Purchase Premier.  I know that this set is going to be a great class for you!  I am going to show you the samples that I created on stage; you can recreate them and show your customers now so they can go ahead and buy the  Fortunate to Know You stamp set before it retires.

I charge $15 for my card classes or class is free with a minimum purchase (minimum purchase is only $20.)  We make six cards, two each of three designs. I have one card that is more complicated; i…

OnStage 2018 in Ft. Worth

Stampin' Up! OnStage 2018 April 7, 2018 Ft. Worth, TX Have I mentioned that I was asked to present a stamp set at OnStage in Ft. Worth?  Well I was and I did! The whole thing was surreal. It hit me the day before we left that Stampin' Up! asked ME to stamp on stage in front of approximately 600 other demonstrators!  Holy Smokes! How does something like that even happen?

One day in the Updates there was a blurb asking for people who wanted to present at an OnStage event to put in their application.  And that's really all that you did.  You didn't submit any of your work or anything.  Of course, I also submitted my work as part of my application to be a display stamper, so maybe they looked at that and didn't need to ask to see anything else because that was just so freaking amazing! Yeah, that must be it!  LOL

I prepared the cards the I wanted to show, Natalie (who was my contact at Stampin' Up) told me that people liked to see stamping on stage, and then figured …

Retreat Weekend!

Responsibility Free Weekend!

There is nothing better than a guilt free stamping weekend!  This weekend my upline, Kay Cogbill from Paper Made Prettier, put on her biannual retreat.  The retreat was only $260 for an amazingly comfortable twin bed for two nights, a whole table just for me, five meals, and tons of snacks!  We also had eight make n' takes, table gifts, and a great big goodie bag!  But the best part for me was the uninterrupted stamping time! Oh, and the views!  This place is beautiful!

I had my three full card swaps and my two ATC card swaps planned and partially prepped to get finished while I was there.  I had a project that I wanted to complete for the folks in my office, and for some reason I thought I would have extra time to work on some unfinished Paper Pumpkin kits!

I also had hoped to go down to my room and get the sets of card parts cut for the two cards that I'm going to be demonstrating in my OnStage presentation.  But alas, that didn't happen eith…

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.