Altered Chocolate Heart Box

Store bought chocolates can be pretty with a little hand-crafted addition!
I wanted to dress up this nice, heart box filled with 3 chocolates:


It’s smaller, about 5″ and just the right little bit of something sweet to give someone special!   I picked mine up at the grocery store for $1.   I’ve seen them at Walgreens for $1.29.  The box is a pretty color already, almost a Lovely Lipstick! (the photo on the right is from Russell Stover, showing all 3 box lid patterns)

I added some of the designer paper from the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalog, called
ALL MY LOVE, which has Lovely Lipstick as the red color.

I used the heart framelits set in the Occasions catalog, called
Be Mine from the Meant to Be Bundle:

Any heart framelits will work if they are a standard heart shape, it’s an easy box to add to!

I made my own arrow from a 1/4″ strip of silver foil paper.  It worked for just tucking it behind the hearts!

I added a word framelit from the Stampin’ Up Well Said collection to save stamping time.   I’m loving these and they are the perfect size!   About 1/2″-3/4″ tall.  ($40 for 24 dies)


Hey, don’t forget it’s still SAB (Sale-A-Bration time!)  Best time of the year to rejoin as a demo or join in for the discount while you get $75 free and free shipping!  Yep, it’s true and no commitment to sell, just enjoy the perks like a 20% discount and getting new products early!

The tote option is great but option #1 to get $175 in your choice of stamps/accessories and pay only $99 plus tax AND get free shipping!  It’s $50 more than usual and ends March 31st.  Drop me an email or call me if you want to see if it’s the right fit for you.

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Better in Real Life!

Most of the time, I like the Stampin’ Up kits. They do a good job for providing easy cards without breaking the bank and save time.
This time I LOVE the kit!

It’s called Incredible like you and is in the new Occasions catalog (Jan – March)
It is an assembly kit with very little stamping, 16 cards and envelopes for only $27
(stamps/ink not included)

Here are some photos of the cards before and after as I made each one!


The kit says you can use Coastal Cabana and Lovely Lipstick ink pads for the sentiments.
You could really just use Old Olive for them all if you have that, since every card has olive in it somewhere.


I really didn’t even need the twine but I made them exactly like the directions said to.   Nice big, glossy photos to follow which was nice!   Oh, be careful on the citrus looking one  – the overlay fits perfectly over the circles –  So flip it over and around until it lines up!

Olive glitter paper was a nice sparkly touch!  It did shed a little green glitter as I worked with it so be sure to have some scrap paper down on your workspace.

My favorite….I could have made 20 of these!  Look how gorgeous the pre-printed cards are and then adding on the laser cut white overlay…love.


LOVE the graperfruit grove envelopes, nice and sturdy as well as a matte plastic/vinyl pouch to store all the cards in!

Here are my 4 designs completed.  The only other tip I have is to use a glue pen or a sponge dauber with a little glue on the edges of the die cuts.  I really only  tacked down the corners a little and the middles.

The recommended stamp set is nice but I think you can substitute lots of sentiments on hand in the punch out labels.    It’s called INCREDIBLE LIKE YOU and is photopolymer (clear) and $17   #148708

If you’d like to see Tanner from the home office show the kit in a video, here it is:

I highly recommend this one!  Demo approved.

If you’d like to order one, you can find them in my online store HERE or you can just drop me an email at

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is going on thru March 31st!
Free gift with every $50 order

Go Stamp Something!

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Must Love Dogs…

If love dogs like I do, or know someone who loves dogs, the new Happy Tails stamp set and punch may be for you!   I loved playing around with all the different color combinations:

Two-Step stamping with the dots and patches helps customize your dog to many different colors or stamp on card stock for a solid color pooch!

Item #150631   The photopolymer stamp set and punch bundle is only $31.50!

I created this one about a month ago and over on Stamping School, I did another 2 videos using this fun bundle. One was a sympathy card and one a trick for mirror image punching.  (customers and team get access to my video library free)    For this card, I made a happy birthday themed card with his special delivery!

And on the inside, he’s burying his presents behind his dog house!

Fussy cutting the bones was the hardest part – we need a punch for the bones!

Best not forget the cat people!  I’m a little allergic but love cats, too. I had a cat for a year in Michigan, a HUGE black cat named Chuck.  I was watching him for a friend for a year. Cats make you work a little hard for their affection but when you get it, it’s so worth it!
Nine Lives Stamp set Item #148703  $16
Cat Punch #144666  $$18

The cat punch is in our annual catalog, the stamp set is new so it’s not a bundle price BUT
if you want to order it and you email me, I will give  the bundle price of 31.50, same as the dog bundle.

And by the way, if you haven’t seen this movie from 2005 with John Cusack and Diane Lane, it’s sweet and one of my favorites!  Maybe it was the dog that won me over but I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy.

Remember free-gift-with-purchase is going on now!  Look at all the freebies you can get with your $50 order!    (the last 2 are bigger and free with a $100 0rder)
AND a fantastic join special now, too!  You can read all about it HERE if you missed my last post!)

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Sale-a-Bration has officially begun!

And a New Year has begun!  I hope 2019 is off to a good start for you all, too!   Every January Stampin’ Up has 2 new catalogs for us – our Spring Occasions catalog and one is all freebies, called Sale-a-Bration, which is our annual gift-with-purchase promotion!

Click HERE to view the 2019 Occasions Catalog online
This new spring catalog runs from January 3rd – March 31st!
(if you haven’t received your copies from me,
Stampin’ Up said they are running late this year so hold on one more day….)

There are SO many pretty, new things in the Occasions Catalog but here is a sampling of my favorites that I think are must have additions to your crafting collection!

Stitched Rectangle Framelits and LOTS of butterfly dies!

24 Small word dies and a double greeting set!

6×6 Gingham paper and a new set of Stampin’ Blends in Balmy Blue!


I’m a huge dog lover so this one was tops on my list!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a project using the new dog punch!  (and they didn’t forget feline friends…there’s a new kitty set to go with our cat punch)

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up YouTube channel
to see ALL seven of the new product videos featured in the new catalogs!

Our annual gift-with-purchase promotion that runs January 3rd – March 31st! Earn free stamp sets and accessories with any $50 or $100 order.

Click HERE to view the 2019 Sale-A-Bration Catalog online

Look at all these freebies in the first release!  (yes a few more coming next month!)
These are all Level 1, free with every $50 order in addition to host rewards!

Stampin’ Up home office has 5 videos highlighting the new
Sale-A-Bration items, you can see them HERE

These are free with a Level 2 order for every $100
(you can combine the Level 1 and 2 with your qualifying order)

The stamp set is called Lasting Lily and is a 16 piece, large photopolymer set.  The Tea Time Framelits go with a stamp set in the Occasions catalog called Tea Together:


If you have an order of $250 or more, you earn an EXTRA $25 in freebies, which equals $50 or more in free merchandise of your choice!


January is always the best time to sign up (or sign back up) as a demonstrator! This year Stampin’ Up is offering TWO options!    Choose an EXTRA $75 of merchandise with your starter kit for $99 (and free shipping, too) or $75 free merchandise + a super heavy duty craft tote for $129!   You choose $175 of merchandise in your kit, from any catalog, get free shipping and pay only $99 (no tote) or $129 with tote!

If you have a wishlist of $175 or more, it really makes sense to just join.   There is no pressure and you can stop anytime, no penalties.  Place your own orders of $300 a quarter to stay active and joining in January gives you an extra quarter free, so your first $300 quarter runs til end of June.   Drop me an email or call me to see if it’s the right fit for you!

I’ll show you how to place your own orders if you decide to sign up with me!
Whether you want to be a discount shopper (starting at 20%off ) or start a business, I can help you along with way.  I’d love to have you join my team!
If you decide you’d like to teach classes or start a blog, I’ve been a demo nearly 20 years and in the top 100 over 12 of those years, so I can offer training to help guide you along the way.

Here’s a fun video showing this cool tote bag:

Additional Good-To-Know Resources:

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up YouTube channel
to see ALL of the new product videos featured in the new catalogs!

Click HERE to view/print Holiday Catalog Carry-Over List
These are holiday favorites that are still available for the next 3 months.  Some inventory like the framelits or accessories may be while supplies last.

I’ll be home all day taking orders on this big first day of the new catalogs!  If you have questions about ordering or joining, just call or email me!
407-435-3135 and


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New Spring/Occasions Catalog Paper Shares!

It’s almost 2019 and a new stamping year!
Lots of wonderful new stamps and accessories coming soon in January!
Sale-a-Bration begins, which is the annual free-gift-with-$50 purchase
AND extra host rewards
AND a fun sign-up special, too!

Each new catalog I offer my product shares and Round 1 will begin today!
We are 7 days from the start of the Spring/Occasions catalog
and I can begin taking orders for the shares.
A product share means that I’ll divide the paper in 6×6 pieces between 8 people, for example, so you get one 6×6 sheet of each paper rather than having to buy a whole pack. You pre-order the product shares you want, I’ll order it on January 3rd and then I’ll cut and separate all the pieces for you. After that I package them up in my clear acetate boxes to keep them organized and mail them to you!

Shipping is free for my shares as my thank you gift to you!
I earn host rewards based on your orders so I return it back to you in savings:)

Order by January 2nd to be in round 1!
Round 2 Begins January 3- – 6th and I’ll order round 2 on January 7th.

To order your shares, email me with your name and mailing address to
I’ll send you the link to order!


2019 Spring/Occasions Catalog Paper Only Shares  $15 

50 sheets, all 6×6 size (Double/6×12 available upon request)

6 sheets All My Love Designer Paper
4 sheets Floral Romance Specialty Designer Paper
6 sheets How Sweet It Is Designer Paper
6 sheets Happiness Blooms Specialty Designer Paper
10 sheets Gingham Gala Designer Paper   6×6
6 sheets Needlepoint Nook Designer Paper
12 sheets Classic Garage Designer Paper

Spring/Occasions Accessories Share  $15

12 Heart Clear Epoxy Droplets
6 Frosted Flower Embellishments
12 pcs Sweet Pins & Tags
2 Floral Romance Seals
4 Classic Garage Metal Elements
30 Happiness Blooms Enamel dots
50 Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins
2 small, 2 large Happiness Blooms notecards/envelopes
6 Needlepoint Nook Mini Buttons

Spring/Occasions Ribbon Share  $15
 (My ribbon shares are neatly wrapped around a 3″ wide ribbon card
unless requested to be loose.)

All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack
1-yard 1/8” Flirty Flamingo Ribbon
1-yard ½” Lovely Lipstick Ribbon
2 yards Petal Pink/Whisper White 5.8” Variegated Ribbon
2 yards Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple green 3/8” Reversible Ribbon
2 yards Calypso Coral 3/8” Satin Ribbon
1 yards 5/8” Whisper White Flax Ribbon
3 yards Old Olive Linen Thread
2 yards ¼” Black/Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon

Here is a video from the Stampin’ Up home office showing the papers:

To order your shares, email me with your name and address to
I’ll send you the link to order!

It takes approx 2 weeks to receive your shares in the mail. If a product becomes unavailable for some reason, I will keep you posted.
(US addresses only per SU policy)

Did you get your copy in the mail?  If you didn’t please let me know! I hear they are running late this year with the winter storms but hopefully any day now!
(demonstrators should be receiving their complimentary copies this week)



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More items added to the Clearance Rack!

Because what would December be like without lots of sales?
I guess Stampin’ Up is clearing out their shelves to bring in new things!

See the newest items on the rack HERE!

It might be too late to get them by Dec 25th unless you live near Utah or California,
but if you really wanted them in 2-3 days, you can pay an additional $20 fee to get rush them with Priority Shipping.

Some things I noticed that were a really good deal:

  • The older style ink pads for $2.60 and refills for $1.50!  If you don’t mind the older style cases, these are a great bargain.
  • Washi Tape bundles for $2.60-$3.20
  • Rolls of ribbon under $3 (and ours have 10 yards on them!)
  • Retired colors of cardstock for $3.20
  • Designer papers under $4!

Oh, and these were one of my all time favorite dies!   Was $27 Now only $16.20
You can cut the words out or they cut the shaped window.  Loved these.

Got Stamp Something!



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No Measuring, Easy layering for your Cards!

I got some stamping time while we were snowed in last week!
We had an unusual amount of snow for western NC and it’s finally melting.
I think we had about 18″ and it took 5 days before the city trucks got to our roads so we could get out of the neighborhood.  We didn’t lose power like some of our neighboring cities and states, so we were grateful.

I’m excited about several of the new products coming out January 3rd but especially the Stitched Rectangle Framelits!

There are 13 of them, all layering about 1/4″ for perfect card layers.
When I first cut them out, I measured them all and then as I used them, I realized there is no need to do that!  Just grab 2 and they are already the perfect layering sizes.
There are 2 groups that layer, one larger group has 8 and the smaller group has 4.
(I’m still not sure what the random one in the top upper right corner is for but I’m sure we will find a way to use it)

I cut them all to see how they fit together.  The largest one is about 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4, so I wish it was 4″ on the short side BUT we can shorten our card to 4″ to make it perfect.  Even with that one tweak I would make, I really LOVE them.

I used these 4 rectangles for this card.  So easy!  No measuring, just cut and glue them down!  (I did measure and cut my card base to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and scored at 4-1/4″)
If you number them smallest to largest 1-8 for the largest set, I used #6 and #7, then #2 and #3 for the greeting layers.

The stamp set and paper are coming out January 3rd also!
All My Love Designer paper has beautiful colors in Crumb Cake, Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo with bits of Balmy Blue.   The stamp set is called Climbing Roses and I really liked the sentiment.

Sale a Bration is coming in a big way starting January 3rd!

In addition to a free gift with every $50 purchase, Stampin’ Up also gives us MORE host rewards and a JOIN incentive each year during SAB.  This year will be a really nice tote bag to hold lots of crafting supplies for new recruits who join between Jan 3 – March 31st!
I’ll be posting more info on that soon.

Here is a video from George from SU, showing the tote up close:

These 2 catalogs should be arriving in your mailboxes any day now!

If you ordered from me this year, you automatically get copies from me.
If you are new here or aren’t sure, please drop me an email to to get on my mail list for those.
(demonstrators will get a copy mailed from Stampin’ Up directly)

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