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Do you want to build a Snowman?

Today’s the day! The holiday catalog is now LIVE – let the fun begin. And what’s more fun than building a snowman? The best part about this snowman is you don’t even need snow! How great is that?

Snowman Season bundle
Item #152337 – $32.25

This adorable card was made with the new Snowman Season bundle featuring the Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman builder punch.

The card base is Pretty Peacock cut to 5.5″ x 8.5″ and folded in half. Cut a piece of Noble Peacock Foil sheets in Pretty Peacock to 5.25″ x 4″ place it into the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. Stamp the Snowman on Whisper White card stock and punch out with matching punch. Punch out hat from Basic Black card stock and twig arms from Early Espresso card stock. Attach to snow man. Use Real Red curly ribbon to tie scarf around snowman and adhere Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to hat. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp greeting in Delicata Golden Glitz metallic ink and use Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And Voila! You built a Snowman!

The products used in this card are available for sale on my website – just click here to order. If you are ordering less than $150 I would appreciate it if you would please use host code DSC24VXX when placing your order. If you are order over $150 in products please take advantage of the host benefits to earn free products (and if you do over over $150 let’s talk – you may want to join Stampin’ Up! to save money AND take advantage of all the great benefits!). Happy Stampin’.

Products used to make card shown above
Blog, Cards

Who loves plaid?

Well it’s been a while but I am back and determined to keep up to date with my blog! August was a busy month – lots of family fun, activities, and of course the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog pre-order period. The new holiday catalog is just full of wonderful new stamp sets, punches and embellishments and I have been busy playing with all the new items!

One of my favorites is the new Perfectly Plaid bundle. The stamp set and punch make it easy for all levels of crafters to create beautiful, one of a kind holiday cards in minutes. Pair the stamp set with the new Delicata Golden Glitz metallic ink and you have a “Wow” card in the making.

To make this card, start with a Shaded Spruce card base cut to 5.5″ by 8.5 ” and fold in half. Next take a piece of Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut to 3″ by 5.5″. Adhere the DSP to the card base. On a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 2.5″ by 5.5″ punch out the tree shape. Stamp the “Merry Christmas ” greeting in Delicata Golden Glitz metallic ink and add red rhinestones for a bit of sparkle. Adhere piece to DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The Perfectly Plaid Bundle, Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper, and Delicata Golden Glitz metallic ink will be available beginning September 4th. You can order your own right from my web site by clicking here. If your order is under $150 I would appreciate it if you would use host code DSC24VXX when ordering. If your order is over $150 please take advantage of the host benefits for yourself (and let’s talk about joining Stampin’ Up! so you can save money and enjoy all the benefits of membership! Happy Stampin!

Products used for the card shown above

Virginia’s Tax Free Shopping Weekend is here!

The Virginia 3-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, August 2nd at 12:01 am and ends Sunday, August 4th at 11:59 pm. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies ($20 or less per item) without paying sales tax. Many of our Stampin’ Up! items qualify for this exemption.  If you need adhesives, markers, watercolor pencils and more now is the time to stock up.  See below for a list of qualifying Stampin’ Up! products and order your items here.

If you are placing an order greater than $150, I want you to redeem all the Stampin’ Rewards you’ve earned. Yay! If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the following Host Code so I can bundle your order with others to receive rewards.

The August Host Code is: AF7W7MQV


My Journey

My first cards were not very good – in fact they were pretty laughable but we all need to start somewhere right?  As I continued with my cardmaking journey, I became more confident in my abilities and had so much fun creating – not just cards but decorations, gift times, and gift packaging.  Then I went to my first Stampin’ Up! OnStage event.  Oh my goodness – what a fantastic experience.  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet.  Everyone was so supportative and encouraging; sharing ideas, swapping cards, and giving advice.  I left On Stage with a new sense of purpose and a burning desire to share my passion with others. 

It’s been a long journey – with many highs and some lows.  Growing a business is a slow process, with successes coming in little spurts just when I need them.  Working a full time gig to pay the bills while trying to grow my Stampin’ Up! business on the side is not easy.  I worry about finding the right balance for me.  Some days it’s a struggle and some days not.  On days when I struggle I remember that God has a plan for me and I need to trust that plan.  As soon as I remember to cast my cares to God and trust in Him I always get a little spurt to keep me going.  And this is how I know I am on the right path.

Lately I have felt I am on the verge of a big breakthrough – I can feel it, I can envision it, so I just need to be patient and wait for it.  I absolutely LOVE what I do.  Creating is so good for the soul and helps keep the mind active.  In a world that is increasing becoming disengaged, sending someone a hand written note on a beautiful handmade card is so powerful.  Family and friends who have received a card from me have told me how much it meant to them because they know how much I care.

So won’t you join me on this journey?  You can join me in one of several ways:

  • Attend one of my monthly studio classes
  • Join my team
  • Order my August On Line class featuring the versatile Waterfront Stamp Set

Crafty Foxes

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up! now is the perfect time to join my team. During July and August if you sign up as a new demonstrator you will get an extra $30 of product in your starter kit AND a $10 coupon to use the following month! That means you can get $155 in product for just $99 (plus tax) and shipping is FREE! Plus you will get a $10 coupon to use the following month when you place an order.

As a member of the Crafty Foxes team you will get:

  • 20% discount on all your orders – no coupon needed (and the ability to increase that to 25%)
  • Earn additional income of up to another 18% of your total sales
  • VIP access to new product releases and pre-order before they hit the streets
  • Earn free stamps with various promotions
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product rewards, incentive trips, and more
  • Receive Stampin’ Success magazine on a quarterly basis

Plus a a member of the Crafty Foxes creative team, you get extra special perks.  I am passionate about what I do and want to help you achieve your goals, from learning new stamping techniques or building a stamping empire!

  • Monthly team gathering in Leesburg, VA with stamping and sharing PLUS Facebook live options for long distance team members
  • Team Facebook Group
  • Team recognition and incentives throughout the year

So whether  you are a hobbyist or more business minded Stampin’ Up! has something for everyone.  What are  you waiting for?  Join my Crafty Foxes creative team today!


New Clearance Rack Deals

On June 26 2:01am EST, for the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is loading the Clearance Rack with stamps – clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymers! These stamps will be offered WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so set your alarm to be sure you can grab up all you want.

While the company didn’t announce any additional items (accessories, papers and dies) being added to the Clearance Rack (demonstrators only learned about the stamps), my fingers are crossed that the Clearance Rack is filled to the brim with amazing discounts! Don’t miss out You can order here



So I’m back from vacation, ready to jump back into my business and right out of the gate I had two setbacks that made me a little sad.  First- I had to cancel my Stampin’ Bingo event for June 22nd as no one registered to come.  Bummer! It would have been such a fun evening.  Not sure what I could have done differently but I will keep trying.  Silver Lining – now I am registered for the Unicorn Festival at Hogback Mountain Pony Rides in Leesburg, VA.  Here’s hoping this event is well attended and gives my little business a big boost!  Life handed me lemons so I’m gonna make some delicious lemonade!  I even designed a special Unicorn Birthday card for the Swag Bags! 

Unicorn Happy Birthday Card

Next, my monthly card class was scheduled for June 16, which I realize was Father’s Day but I figured – what the hey – let’s go for it.  Three people were scheduled to come so I prepped card kits for six people (8 cards x 6 people equals 48 cards prepped and ready to go) – you know in case someone brought a friend.  Well guess what?  YUP – all no shows.  One person at least has the decency to text to say she was sick. Thank you – I appreciate that little courtesy.  The other two people just ghosted – no call, no text, no email.  Just a little rude but ok maybe they were raised with different values.  On the upside, I was able to go pick up my dog from the groomer when he was done and got to take a nice drive through the country on a beautiful, sunny day.  I will save the six card kits for July’s class – hopefully I will have people who will actually attend. More lemonade (and maybe even some yummy lemon bars)!

The cards for my June Class were all created using the new Perennial Essence Suite.  You can order the Perennial Essence Suite here. Take a look at the cards I created with this suite and see below for details on how to make these cards.  Remember – no matter how many lemons life hands you can always make something yummy – just stay positive!

New Perennial Essence Suite – #152166 – $68
Four cards created with the Perennial Essence Suite


Perennial Essence Suite:  (stamp set, flower punch, designer series paper, vellum cardstock, ribbon, floral centers)

Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, So Saffron

Embellishment:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pearlized Doilies, Whisper White Flax Ribbon

Punch:  Leaf Punch

Dies:  Layering Circle Die, Stitched Nested Labels, Stitched Rectangles

Adhesive:  Snail tape runner, mini glue dots, Stampin’ dimensionals

Card 1 (top center) – Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”. To front of card, adhere a strip of DBP cut to 5 ½” by 2”.  Using the three petal flower stamp and petel pink ink, stamp the image six times on Petal Pink cardstock.  Punch out stamped images and using glue dots, layer two images together.  Adhere three flowers to front of card, placing along the right edge of the DSP.  Punch two leave shapes from Green Vellum card stock and adhere to card front with glue dots (place one leaf above left of center flower and one leaf below right of center flower).  Adhere floral centers to flowers.

Card 2 (middle left) – So Saffron cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Cut Old Olive to 5 ¼” by 4” and using Old Olive ink and 3 leaf stamp, randomly stamp on Old Olive card stock.  Adhere Old Olive cardstock to So Saffron card base.  Cut a piece of DSP to 5 ¼” x 2” and adhere to Old Olive layer.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive ink on Whisper White and cut with layering circles die  Layer sentiment over doily and adhere to front of card over DSP.  Add basic Rhinestone jewels if desired.

Card 3 (middle right) – Balmy Blue cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Randomly stamp flower using Balmly Blue ink, stamping off cardstock as necessary to achieve look.  Stamp flower centers in Pineapple Punch.  Using tiered stitched nesting labels, cut layer from Blueberry Bushel cardstock, DSP, and Whispher White cardstock.  Stamp sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Layer three label together, adhere 6” piece of flax ribbon to back of nested labels and adhere to card front with stampin’ dimensionals.

Card 4 (bottom center) – Petal Pink cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  On a second piece of 5 ¼” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp large flower in bottom right corner in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp smaller flowers along bottom and right side in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp flower centers in So Saffron.  Adhere this layer to card front.  Stamp sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and cut with Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut larger rectangle in So Saffron and layer rectangles together.  Adhere ot card front with Stampin’ dimensionals.  Optional – add ribbon bow using glue dots.