Valentine’s Sampler

I have been doing Sampler classes for a year and a half now and every month I wonder if I will be able to come up with something new.  It definitely is a labor of love.  The Sampler classes are by far my most popular classes on my schedule, so each month I continue to try to top the previous month.  Some months are easier than others, and this month was a lot of fun to design.  Stampin’ Up! has some really beautiful Valentine and love stamps and accessories right now.   So, here it is….. let me know what you think.   I would love to have you join us for the next class at the end of the month featuring Easter.

Valentine Sampler

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Watch It Wednesday- Fun New Stamping Tools

Today’s video features a few of my favorite items from the new Occasions Catalog- the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlets and the Big Shot Die Brush.  Check it out for some great tips on using both of these.  We used both of these at my Creative Creases Valentine’s Class last night.  Check back tomorrow for some cute project ideas for your special Valentines!

Watch It Wednesday- January Paper Pumpkin

Welcome to a new series that I will be featuring every week- “Watch It Wednesday”.  Each week I will share one of my favorite videos.  This week’s pick is the January Paper Pumpkin kit.  Are you a subscriber?  Have you tried Paper Pumpkin previously?  The kits just seem to get better every month.  Check out the latest one


For those of you that aren’t familiar with these fun Paper Pumpkin kits, these are all-inclusive kits for paper crafting that come to you in the mail each month for $18-20 plus tax (depending how you purchase them). Inside the kits you get pre-cut and scored cardstock, envelopes (if necessary), embellishments, special adhesives, exclusive stamps, mini ink pads and an instructions brochure.

If you want to get in on the fun, click here to get started or contact me  and I will help get you set up. There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION. You can get even just one kit and then cancel if you find it’s just not for you. You can also take months off. Yep! So you can just pick and choose which months you want to get your kits by just putting your subscription on hold during any month/s you choose.

AND…right now through March 31, 2016 you can get in on the 3-month or 12-month prepaid special!

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Announcing a brand new program for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers, My Paper Pumpkin Posse:

Paper Pumpkin Perks

Each month you are a subscriber you will receive a Paper Pumpkin Perks card.  Collect 10 & redeem them for $15 in free merchandise.  Refer a new subscriber to me and you also get a Paper Pumpkin Perks card.  It’s just that easy.  These are redeemable only through Marcia Gay, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  What are you waiting for?  Get started TODAY!

Where has time gone?!?

Wow, that was a long hiatus.  I didn’t intend for it, but sometimes life gets in the way of all of my good intentions and projects and some things just get put on the back burner… and unfortunately blogging was one of those things.  But with a new year, comes new hope and the promise of change…. and one of my many goals for the new year is to blog regularly.  So here it goes.  I hope that you will help to keep me accountable.

As many of you already know, my sampler classes are the most popular of all my classes.   I don’t often get the completed project finished in time to post before class, but I thought I would share the Winter Sampler that we did at the beginning of this month.  I do still have several that are completed available to purchase.  If you are interested, please email me.

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My next sampler class is the Valentine’s Sampler Class which is scheduled for Monday, Feb 1st. There are still a few spots available if you would like to join us.  This class is also available to-go for $10 extra.  Class fee is $30 and includes a pack of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.  Frames are available for an additional charge.  Don’t miss out on all of the fun!

I have another cute project to share with you today.  This features one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog.  This was on my “must get” list right away.

Make a Wish BD cardThis card also features one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors – Bermuda Bay and I just LOVE the new stitched ribbon!  I think you could very easily change up the colors on this for a different look.  What are your favorites?

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Hostess Appreciation Highlights

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Fun decorations

This past Saturday was my annual Hostess Appreciation Party and it was a blast!  I had 31 people that qualified this past year to attend and of those, 14 were able to make it to our celebration.  The theme was “watermelon” and everyone had cute watermelon favors and the decor was all about watermelon too!  We even had a watermelon cake (compliments of my wonderful mother-in-law, Millie) and watermelon sherbet for dessert.

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Sweet Watermelon Treats!

8-31-15 020 Everyone received a sample ring of all of the embossing folder patterns, an inventory chart for all of their papers, ribbons, and inks and a sample strip of each of the Designer Series Paper Packs.  It pays to be a hostess!  We also played several games, learned some interesting watermelon & Stampin’ Up! facts, and of course, stamped some adorable cards!

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Shirley, Gina & Jennifer waiting for the fun to start!

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Ann, Debbie, Chris and Linda ready for fun!


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Debbie & Katy concentrating on their cards

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Dianne, Ginny & Cheryl hard at work!

I hope you decide to join us next year.  All you have to do is join a hostess club or have a few friends over for a private class.  I will bring all the fun!

Convention Swap #2

I am a big fan of monochromatic cards.  Something about the clean, simple color scheme is very appealing to me.  Here is the card I designed for one of the organized swaps I participated in for convention.  I love Wisteria Wonder and don’t use it often enough- even when I was a little girl, my favorite color was “grape”.  What is your favorite color?




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Are your memories being cherished?

My first journey into the crafting world as an adult was when I started scrapbooking. I had started a few projects while I was in college, but completed my first album of our honeymoon about a year after my first marriage. It was therapeutic for me and it helped me get through a very difficult time after a miscarriage. When I look at that album now, it was not my best or most artistically beautiful work, but it is full of memories of our honeymoon cruise and also healing thoughts of that heartbreaking time. That is one of the things that I love most about scrapbooking and memory keeping- the therapeutic benefit – both while you are creating and also when you and your family enjoy it for years to come. Now my main goal for memory keeping is to preserve all of family photos and memories for my boys to enjoy and share with their families some day.

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They love to get the albums out and remember all of our fun and crazy times.  Admittedly I am about 7 years behind in putting photos in albums though.  When my youngest came along, it just got shoved to the back burner and I didn’t make time for it anymore.  That is one of the reasons that I love Project Life by Stampin’ Up!- it allows me to get my photos in albums and i still have time to live my life and make more beautiful memories.  You don’t have to spend hours on 1 page and worry if everyone will notice your fancy embellishments, it’s as easy as printing your photos, dropping them in the pockets and adding some coordinating journaling cards.  I would love to show you how easy it is to get started and get those photos off your computer & phone or out of boxes and into beautiful albums that your family can enjoy for many years.  Join me at my memory keeping day this Sunday, Aug 22nd from 1-6pm.  You can bring anything you want to work on.  I find that if I don’t have the time scheduled, then it doesn’t just happen for me. You need not have ONE creative bone in your body….just the desire to document and preserve your preciousl memories for your family!  Email or text me to reserve your spot.  Go ahead….LEAVE YOUR LEGACY



Convention Swap #1

I made over 300 swap cards for convention a few weeks ago.  There were 5 different designs and I finally got a chance to share one of my favorites with you.  Let me know what you think.


I just love the Fun Frames Textured Embossing Folders- they are totally under utilized.  This is the stamp set that coordinates with the Tin of Cards Project kit.  There is a little something in there for every occasion. For some reason, all most all of the swaps I made had a color scheme where black was half of the equation.  Stay tuned this week for more of my creations.

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Stampin’ B-I-N-G-O Fun!!!

Last night was my quarterly BINGO class and BOGO and we had a blast!  It was my biggest group and definitely the biggest prizes to date!

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We created 3 make-n-takes, had yummy snacks and gave away over $400 in prizes.

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Here are our lucky grand prize winners- Debbie, Katie & Molly.   You won’t want to miss out on the fun and prizes next quarter- look for our next Bingo class around Christmas.