Acorn box

If you have been following me for a few years, you know I sell acorns at craft fairs in the Fall. I have good news and bad news. The Bad News first. The property I use to get the acorns from has a new, nasty, strange owner. The previous owner died (God Rest her soul, A Beautiful Kind woman) and her adopted daughter is now in charge. We are no longer collecting from her tree. Staying clear. Very sad. The Good news, Stampin’ Up!® has a New Stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called “Acorny Thank You”. This is certainly one of my new favorites. Time for a sneak peek picture tutorial using this set.

Thankful-Acorn-BoxIsn’t this cute!

Here is how I created this cute box using-Into The Woods DSP, also from the Holiday Catalog.

Start with a 6″ X 6″ piece of Designer Series paper:


Score 1″ on all 4 sides:


then score on one side 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″:


Fold on all score lines:


Cut on score lines on 2 sides.


I made better cuts -triangle cuts:


It should look like this on opposite side as well:


Add (your choice) adhesive/Glue/Sticky Tape/Scor Tape/Tear and Tape to smaller tabs on all 4 sides:


Put together lower part of box:


Then finish with top of box. All sides should be glued inside of box giving it a clean look:


How’s that for a nice little box:


I added my little Acorn and the Thankful greeting:


What’s inside-a teeny, tiny Tic Tac pack of course. To hot for chocolate right now:


And the box again:


So much fun. Perfect for a Life Saver roll, perhaps a chap stick, maybe money. Even though our stamp set and DSP won’t be available until Sept 1st, go ahead and make one anyway with any of our current DSP.

On to Deals Of The WEEK:


Hope you like,



Card & Project Buffet

Yes, I took an unintentional break from blogging. Between adding an extra class to my monthly schedule, unexpected events, busy with the kids, etc, I will say that school can not start soon enough for me!! Of course the girls are starting to get excited as well. When school is in session, I have a schedule too. I can spend more time in my office in a better, productive manner. Yup, I am looking forward to September.

 Now, I WILL NOT Show you a picture of My OFFICE at this time, serious disaster area, meaning I need to clean and organize. Yikes. There is a reason for this. I had a Card & Project Buffet with Lunch today at Bragi Coffee House and Wine Bar located in Williams Bay, WI. It turned out even better then I hoped. The preparation for my events is always a bit chaotic, and that would explain the scary office space.

Here are a few pictures from the class. Not the best as I was embossing and taking pics at the same time.





IMG_6915 See, I was embossing on watercolor paper.

My guests made 8 cards and projects from a choice of 15 items-10 cards and 5 3-D projects. I did have a couple of newbie stampers but they made it through-No Problem. They all agreed that this type of Stamp Camp was great. Lunch was Amazing and delicious. I enjoyed preparing and pulling out some ideas from my Pinterest boards that I pinned at least 2 years ago. Some of these ideas I put off a bit too long because some of the product was no longer available from Stampin’ Up! Oops!

Here are just a couple of the items they could choose and create:



Kindness-JournalThese fun grid journals are no longer available in our catalog but I was able to use them in this class. One of my favorite ideas.

This weeks Deals before they are over:


Well, that’s it for now, but I will have a sneak peek from the New Holiday Catalog on Tues for you. Yes, The Catalog is something to behold! I can’t wait for all of you to enjoy it as well. If YOU need a Holiday Catalog, Contact me and I will get one out to you ASAP.

Until then,



Thanks a Bunch

There are times you buy a stamp set, and you just like it, possibly an impulse buy, but for some reason, you get it and you wonder “Why did I get this”?

Hard to believe, but yes, Demonstrators, on occasion, (no snickering please) do this as well. That occasion happened with Market Fresh.

I have the Designer Series paper and Love using it, but I just didn’t know what to do with the stamp set.

I’m on Instagram and one of the Demonstrators I follow had this card up on her feed. I had to CASE it.


To make this effect, I used the Splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set. The colors are Wild Wasabi and Blackberry Bliss. Isn’t that fun. So simple just by adding subtle color.

A shout out to Elizabeth Volker-Beautiful card, Beautiful idea.

Now I feel inspired to do more with this set and I hope it inspires you too.

Exact items I used:

On to this weeks deals:





Love these weekly deals.


On another note, I have an event scheduled on August 22nd-a Card & Project Buffet, with Lunch included. If you are in my area of Lake Geneva, WI, I would love to have you there. Just go to my Event calendar at the top or just CLICK HERE and you can sign up today.



Weekly Deals for you


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Now that’s a beautiful bunch of items on sale this week.

I have to share with you that I recently got to see the new Holiday Catalog. WOW. Ok WOW!! Seriously-You will want/NEED these items from this New catalog that will go Live in September. I am so excited since there is so much Christmas/Holiday items. Of course there is Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving too but Far more items this year for the Holidays. There is One particular Autumn set that holds a place in my creative little heart. It involves Acorns. You know from past Blog posts about my sales of Acorns. Oh so cute. Do I have you interested?

Here is what I would do Right now:

1. Contact me soon for a Stampin’ Up Workshop. You will want to be a Hostess. It’s time to plan a fun workshop with your family and friends. I do travel up to 3 hrs from Lake Geneva, WI in any direction for a Workshop- so Contact me soon.

2. If you can’t meet with me-have a Catalog party with me instead. I will include some fun samples for you to pass around to your friends to see first hand the cute! Plus-You, the Hostess will be able to keep them as a little thank you.

3. You can certainly purchase ONLINE with me 24-7. Be your own Hostess with an order of $150.00 or more. Or maybe you would like to shop just a little with a $25.00 order. No Problem I appreciate all your orders.

4. Perhaps it’s time to be a Demonstrator. Maybe the reason is getting items at a discount, or seeing items, catalogs, sets, papers, creative tools before any of your customers do. How about getting income just for being your own Hostess. Maybe you would like to have a Team under you. Perhaps earning the Global Trip to Phuket, Thailand 2017. Now that should get you excited.

I would Love to have you join my team-The Dairy Best Stampers. Today is as good as any. You will get the New Current Catalog and a pack of them to share along with The Holiday Catalog as well as an amazing kit of stamps and supplies YOU pick out.

No matter what You choose,

I am Grateful and Blessed that you picked Me-Laura H. H. Zaraza as your Demonstrator. You can always contact me anytime if you have questions.



Basket Card


It’s good to acknowledge that someone did make your day. Why not do it in style.


Once again, a very useful die and what a great card it makes. This was not my idea but when I originally got this particular die, I cut up pieces to see what else could be made with it. It’s much more than creating a basket.

The best part I used in this-Our New Whisper White Thick Card Stock. It is a perfect base for cards. You know it will be just what you need for your Holiday cards. Here’s my sales pitch-“YOU WILL NEED” this Whisper White Thick Card Stock for your present and future cards! Just saying!!


It’s all about the placement of the scoring and folds.

Here are the supplies I used:

Click this box below to see this weeks deals:
Go ahead, make someones day Today. Because we all know-a Homemade card is the Best.

Dragonfly Love

A little know fact. I love Dragonflies. I like butterflies, but I love Dragonflies. They make me happy.

About 15 years ago, I was at Leadership in Florida in February. Managers galore, we were all ready to take our seats for an outdoor lunch when all of a sudden a HUGE, I am talking, over 5″-6″ dragonfly, landed on my shoulder. I was not scared. That was THE biggest bug I have ever seen but I knew it was harmless. Looking back, How I wish we all had camera phones back then. I could have had someone text me it so that years later I could show my kids the picture. It’s possible my kids might have been grossed out or impressed, hard to say at their age!

Little know facts about Dragonflies:

They eat mosquitoes and other icky pests like wasps. That alone is important to me.

They are fast fliers.

They live long lives, some even recorded up to 5 years.

They have selective attention span- stay focused on their prey.

They come in many sizes and colors.

And they are just cool looking!

You can attract them through having a pond, or other water feature. Just be aware that Mosquitoes like these water features too.

Now, on to Dragonfly cards:

Thank-You-Dragonfly card

How easy is this card. Simple and clean. Just two colors, Daffodil Delight and Blackberry Bliss.

Now, lets step up this card with layers and Bling.


I stamped another Dahlia on scrap white C.S. and then cut out the center.


I layered with dimensionals and added Bling.


Love it! Love it so much-it’s already has ink all over it. This particular stamp set (Awesomely Artistic) is my new Favorite.


Which do you like?

Step-up-DragonflyThank-You-Dragonfly card

Here are the supplies I used:

On to this weeks deal:


Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for this months Online Stamp Club TODAY. It’s a great way to start your Stamp collecting on a budget:

Click on this picture for more info:




Join My July Online Stamp Club


You can sign up by the 15th of July to get in on this months Online Stamp Club.

A treat using this months set-I Think You’re Great:


Who wouldn’t want a fun and quick to make treat. I did sneak a retired greeting in this one (Chalk Talk), but I occasionally use other stamp sets along with the current months set. This particular item is an extra that will be finished and included in this months club packet.


If you would like to learn more about my Online Stamp Club, click here to learn more.



Watermelon Treat Bag


I have seen watermelon everything lately and well, I just had to make one of these treat bags myself. Isn’t it cute!


It’s so easy to make one with the treat bag thinlit dies.

The seeds are from the heart punch using Basic Black Card stock (#121045 $7.00) just cut in 1/2.

Here are the supplies I used for this bag:

On to this weeks Deals:


Most exciting-the New Watercolor Wishes Card Kit became available July 1st. So Beautiful!


Check out the fun video:

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!