The Fry Box Die

The simple French Fry Box. This IS my Favorite Die right now.

I used it this summer for my Church Vacation Bible School, personal gifts, and just fun Make and Take projects.

I had a few of my stamp clubs make these particular boxes in the past 2 weeks. I also found the Fun crinkle filler or Foo Foo as I like to call it. Perfect packaging.

Check it out:


I even had Cupcake Hand Sanitizer. I will admit I hoard these for many projects but lets not talk about that!

Here is the Cupcake up close.


Love them.


So easy to make and I really believe this particular die is Well worth the cost of $32.95. You can use it for ANY occasion and it’s easy to fill, with a bag of goodies or just dropped in. I am quite sure you will see more ideas with this box on my blog in your reading and viewing pleasure. Just letting you know because, It IS my Favorite Die, at the moment.

Here are the supplies I used:

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Have you created something this week? Go ahead, make something, you will feel great!

Hello Sunshine-FREE Gifts for You

Happy Anniversary to me!

Happy 17 Years with Stampin’ Up!® To Me!!!

Now that went by awfully quick. A lot has happened in my life in 17 years. I signed up with Sheri Goldsmith from Up North in Michigan. She came back from the Las Vegas Convention and sent me the New 1997-1998 Stampin Up!® Catalog. It was the first year that the catalog was All Exclusive-Stampin’ Up!® stamp designs only. Before that it was other stamp companies. I signed up and could not wait for my kit to come. It took longer to get my kit that year as UPS was on Strike. What should have taken about a week-took 3 1/2 weeks. I was SO EXCITED when that kit arrived. Little did I know all that would come next. I was creative but Stampin’ Up!® Unleashed far more than I expected. More than Creativity, it brought me Fun, Friendships that have lasted over the years-Great Joy, Gifts given and received, 5 Earned cruises, Cash, Free Stamps, etc. Etc. etc. Stampin’ Up!® is there for you the Customer and The Demonstrator to CREATE. What you CREATE-is up to YOU! What You do with your kit-is up to You!

Now-I do Have something Exciting to Giveaway but first:

Although not a stamped Sunflower, I wanted to share this Beautiful Sunflower that is in our planter by the pier. It was probably planted by the birds at my feeder, along with the other fun flowers down there. Take a look.


Amazing Huh!

Ok, a bit more:




I did not plant any of these and it’s been a wonderful surprise to see.

My Nana had a Green Thumb, but I got the Creativity! A Thank You to my Birds (yes-it is possible the squirrels and the chipmunks deposited these too) for the Wonderful splashes of sunshine in my yard.

So-On to Celebrating 17 years.

THIS WEEK ONLY (August 13-19th), I am giving away a FREE 3-COLOR PACK of BLENDABILITIES (value $11.95) when you place a $50.00 online order with me. You just need to contact me by email( and let me know you placed the order and what color group you would like. I Love Color and these New Markers are Amazing. This is my Favorite New Product right now and I want them to be in your hands as quick as possible.

If you place a $100.00 Online order with me-I will include the must have New Memento Ink Pad (value $5.95) with those markers. Sweet Deal, Right! If you decide you want to be your own Hostess, Place a $150.00 order and get $25.00 in Free Merchandise. Talk about a Win, Win, Win, deal!

How about signing up as a Demonstrator. I would love to have you join my group-The Dairy Best Stampers. Click here to Read more about signing up. So, Gift Giving is today’s theme, because I want you to have the fun I had. You get a fun starter kit from me of hand-stamped goodies. This includes ideas/patterns for workshops, classes, as well as craft fair/events selling. Yes, 17 years worth of sharing here!!!

So enjoy as I share in the next few days all kinds of great stamped creations.



Simple Thanks

Once in awhile, you need a super simple card. You know, one that really is easy to make and send out in the mail within minutes.

This is it!


Isn’t this simple and Cool looking!

Here are a few pictures up close.


This is Rich Razzleberry ink and Card Stock with Bling. It shows you how are colors coordinate so well. That is what I want in a quality product.


So Cool. I hope this inspires you to make a super easy and Simple card.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card.

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Of course there are Big Shot Bundles right now through the end of the month. It’s the perfect time to get a Big Shot or if you have one already, get in on this Bundle deal. To shop and see more click here. Otherwise click on this picture and see if it’s just what you crave!
I hope you stop by my blog tomorrow. It’s My Stampin’ Up!® Anniversary and I will have something to share with you to Celebrate 17 yrs. Wow that went quick. So until then-

A Blooming Easel Card

I have a fun card for you today. A Birthday Easel Card.

Lot’s of layers, a bit heavy, so I did have to use our New Fast Fuse to keep it all together. We don’t want it to fall apart before the recipient gets it.

And, this one might need a bit more postage but it’s so worth it.

It’s been awhile since I last made one of these and thought the Flower Patch stamps were perfect to use for my creative project.


And, it’s been awhile since I have used embossing in my projects too. I was organizing my containers of powders and came across a new color that I hadn’t cracked open yet. The color-Pool Party. So, my card actually started from that one container of embossing powder and a stamp set that just happened to be on my counter. You just never know when Inspiration will hit you!



Sometimes you need a Bright and Cheerful kind of card. I think it fits the bill don’t you?

Happy-Blooming-BirthdayI added the extra flower to hold the upper part in place, hence-Easel Card.

Supplies for my card:

Time for this weeks Deals. Click on this box to see:
Oh-what’s this you say? Its a Big Shot Bundle Special. Click on this picture to so much more:
It’s a Big Shot and Bundle special.
This is a great deal AND a really great machine. If you are interested in getting a machine and you buy it through me-just email me and let me know what embossing folder you would like for FREE. It’s my way of saying Thank you for your order AND Thank You for buying one through me.
If you already have one, then check out the bundle deals for stamps and dies/framelits.
Questions? Give me a holler and let me help you with ideas, shopping, joining, or general all around stamping questions.

Bridal Chocolate Nugget Cake

A few weeks ago I brought the entertainment for a Bridal Shower.

The idea was to create pages of tasty and DE-lish recipes with their cards but presented in a non traditional way of a scrapbook.

I brought lots of Designer Series paper and Card Stock and everyone brought their favorite recipe cards. I helped the 16 + guests create amazing pages and pockets on their 6 X 6 pages. I added a spare scrapbook on hand for the Bride to put the finished pieces in.

Here are a few pictures from this event.




Here is a sample of a page-I was too busy to add more, sorry.


Then as a unique idea-I thought it would be fun to give a Chocolate gift with a Bridal theme-A Hershey Chocolate Nugget Cake.

The Bride was thrilled!


Here is the Cake up close:


I love how it turned out.

Would you like to make one? Of course you would-


Here is the PDF of the How TO.

Just click here- Nugget Cake Tutorial.

If you are near Lake Geneva, WI, and you would rather I created it for you-I can make all types of these “cakes” for your event. Contact me today for pricing.



Whoos B-day

Hey, Guess what? Another B-day-Whoos Birthday Now!  Yes, it’s time for my Daughter Addie to go to another Summer B-day party. This time it’s for her dear friend-Constance.

While searching on Stampin’ Connection (the site that Demonstrators follow on the Stampin’ Up! site) I found a Owl in the card idea. I haven’t used the Owl Builder punch in a long time and just knew this would be the perfect opportunity. I’m so happy how it turned out.

Check it out:


How fun is that!

Here is the inside greeting:


and the other side of the owl:


The list of supplies I used:

As you can see, I put the owl inside the layers of the front of the card. It was really easy. The bad thing, I broke my Woodgrain folder in 1/2 after running it through the Big Shot. I should have sent it back originally and should have gotten an exchange from SU. Mine always cut into the paper a little too deep, sometimes cutting through the Card Stock.  So I began to use the crease pad with a cutting pad. This day, I forgot to only use one crease pad and used two and well, now I need a brand new one. Oh Well. Life happens!

 Here are Some New Weekly Deals to check out:

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Get in on this paper deal before the end of the month-

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Happy Shopping!




I just Love my New Blendabilities markers.

Do YOU like to color? Do you remember your days of coloring and hanging up your pages on the ‘frige, the bulletin board, even the back of your bedroom door?

Now, I am not an expert. Yes, OK , so I have an Art Degree in Graphic Arts, but I only dabbled a bit with alcohol markers 20+ yrs ago. I enjoyed using them then but for filling in the designs, not necessarily coloring perfectly with them. My markers back then were expensive and I only had a few colors. They had felt tips back then and did fray a bit. The Blendabilities have Nylon tips and should hold up very well. Another nifty point-the barrel is square and flat and will not roll off my art desk. That is a Huge plus for me. Like many of you, I am revisiting my coloring days and starting over with these New markers rather than crayons. I need a lot more practice, not a problem. They are really smooth. I will even say FUN! I have to keep an eye on them as my daughters discovered them in my office and I had to explain to them why they needed to be careful with them and only use them when I am with them. Supplies/Toys-sort of the same thing.

Get some of our Whisper White Card Stock and the New Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (the Staz-on Ink pad will smear with the alcohol ink).

Next-YOU NEED to get some of the New Blendabilities Markers-6 groups are available right now along with the Skin Tone Assortment and the Color Lifter. They come 3 in a pack-light, medium, and dark.

Cherry Cobbler #130995 $11.95

Costal Cabana #131000 $11.95

Daffodil Delight #130998 $11.95

Old Olive #130999 $11.95

Pumpkin Pie #130997 $11.95

Rich Razzleberry #131003 $11.95 (probably my favorite so far)

Skin Tone Assortment #129370 $22.95 (6)

Color Lifter #129369 $4.95

You are now ready. I will refer to these markers -for short- as “Blendies”.

I will tell you right now, You will Love these. Even if you have never tried coloring with markers before.  I like making some of my cards and projects more then what they are. I want them to be true works of Art. Yes, many people do appreciate the item when they receive it and yes, some do end up in the garbage (say it isn’t so!). I admit, sometimes my favorite items I post on my Blog, don’t always make it out the door. I like to keep some of my favorites. But, with so many of our Awesome New image stamps in the catalog and these New markers, there will be no excuses, I just have to share.

Check out this easy card with the flower as the focal point. The color just draws you in. It’s really Beautiful-in person.


I used the Melon Mambo “Blendie”  markers (Sorry-not available until August-I am such a tease).

Let me show you the difference between coloring with a Blender pen, and the “Blendies”:

 I used the Staz-On Ink, the Blender pen and the Melon mambo Ink pad. I pulled color off the lid to color in my flower. After a bit, there is pilling on the Whisper white paper. If I keep coloring, there will not be much left of my flower.


The next one, used the Memento Ink Pad, and the Melon Mambo “Blendies”.


Much Better, and you can keep on coloring, layering and it just never seems to hurt it.

You should always cut out or layer your work as you will have bleeding through. It’s OK, you want it that way. I added a dimensional in the center to lift that flower up a bit on the card.


Looks better this way anyway.


Stay tuned for more Coloring ideas. I have a feeling when that New Holiday Catalog comes in the mail-I will see all kinds of Fall and Holiday reasons to color.

Did I get you to think about coloring? Take a moment and make something today.

Here are the supplies I used:

Melon Mambo Assortment are not available to you the customer yet, only to Demonstrators so that is why I put up the Rich Razzleberry Assortment as the alternative to pink right now. Another reason to be a Demonstrator, get in on product ahead of time!

Graduation Cards

Occasionally, I am commissioned to make greeting cards by corporations, private parties, customers and friends. These two cards were for a friend.

My friend Lisa asked me to make these for her to give at two graduation parties this past weekend. She told me she would rather give me the money than go drive to the store, pay for two cards, with the same designs that are featured in every card store. Mine would be unique and Handmade.

Yes. Handmade and Made with USA products. That’s important to me as well as a number of my customers.

So, I created 2 cards, one for a boy/young man and one for a girl/young woman.


A retired stamp that was so perfect.


Hey, I even made the tassel without looking on the internet for a how to video or tutorial. That was pretty good because it’s been a long time since I last made one of these. Once again, retired Big Shot Die.

Lisa really loved them. Each person received a unique card that I can guarantee no one else gave.

Remember this the next time you make a card for someone. That card was made by you for them. It’s special. The person receiving it knows that too.

Go ahead, create a card or two today!

Here are the current items I used for these two cards.