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!

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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.

Busy Busy Busy

How is your Summer going? Are you relaxing, getting a little sun? How about traveling, seeing parts of the country. Maybe reading a good book. What about block parties, family reunions. Perhaps you are getting things organized in your home. Me, I am not doing any of that. Now a good book, ahh I miss those days. It’s just working, chasing after the girls, VBS, trying to get my Victoria to read ( a Very serious constant battle), handling other peoples problems, and trying to organize my stuff for My Big New Catalog Open House. That’s Tomorrow!!! (insert Scream!) hah!

I have to share, I found a T-Shirt on Pinterest that stated the Truth. See if this doesn’t ring true for you.

Since this is a Family Friendly Blog-This is the G version.

Forget being Tan

It’s too Hot Outside

and Tanning Beds

are Expensive.

So This Summer

I’m Rocking the


 I found that T-Shirt to be very funny. I love Pinterest. That one I pinned in my “Anything” Pins. I do try to get outside a bit, a little Vitamin D time but my Office is in the basement and there is always something to do inside. Yes, OK, I admit I am probably in the house too much. I NEED to get outside and Bike, Run, Walk, whatever. Ok, I am working on this. Tomorrow. Smile.

Anyway. I Do Have my NEW Stampin’ Up!® CATALOG OPEN HOUSE tomorrow-July 12th from Noon-4PM at the SUBWAY in Walworth WI. (102 Fairview Dr, Walworth, WI 53184)

I will have New Catalogs, Make and Take, Demonstration of how to turn your Roller Wheel stamps into Clear Mount stamps, Yummie Subway Food, lots of retired Stamps, DSP, Kits, Door Prizes, etc. I would Love for you to stop in. Place at least a $25.00 order and get place in the drawing for a Gift Basket of $60 + of Product.

So, if you are out n’ about-which YOU probably are anyway-Stop on by.

If you can’t make it, Place an Online order with me Saturday-July 12th, all day and I will enter you into the drawing for the Gift Basket worth $60+. Cool huh!



Happy Independence Day America

So Lucky. And Blessed. We have absolutely Gorgeous weather here in Lake Geneva, WI. The last few days have been crazy rainy weather and to have the Holiday just perfect, well, I feel Lucky and Blessed. I know there is Arthur on the East Coast causing great havoc, Fires on the West Coast, flooding in Midwest. Many of our Troops are overseas-thinking about all of you today. I just want to wish every United States citizen-Happy Independence Day! USA-Our Home-the land of the Free and the Brave that help keep it so -Thank You especially.

So, Celebrating My Freedom, a Beautiful Day, goofing off with the family and enjoying a grilled meal, Please ENJOY my creations on today’s post.



My little goodies for people walking the path along Geneva Lake today.


I miss this retired set-July Fourth. I made cute little (mini size) Sparkler gifties.


No Matter where you are Fellow Americans-Happy Independence Day to you!




Buy 3-Get One Free


Buy 3 Designer Series Papers (DSP) and get one FREE!

This is a deal I know that I won’t pass up. The papers are just Beautiful this year. Stock up from July 1-July 31.

Please Note: The deal is only available on the Designer Series Paper on pages 186-187 of the Annual Stampin’ Up Catalog 2014-2015.  Not on the Specialty Designer Series papers on page 184, or the Designer Series paper stacks.

And What you have all been waiting for-Que the Trumpets or the chorus of Angels:

Select Blendabilities Markers Available NOW!—Click here for the Flyer.

Available Products to customers starting July 1:

Alcohol ink markers made for blending and shading. Use with the Memento Pad. They are Acid Free, lignin free. You will get three colors per marker assortment: light, medium, and dark. The skin tone assortment has 6 markers.

  • Cherry Cobbler   (Item #130995 – $11.95)
  • Coastal Cabana  (Item #131000 – $11.95)
  • Daffodil Delight   (Item #130998 – $11.95)
  • Old Olive   (Item #130999 – $11.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie  (Item #130997 – $11.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry  (Item #131003 – $11.95
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item #129370 – $22.95)

You will want these two items for your marker use. The Staz On ink will smear if you use these markers so you will want this water based Black ink pad. It is now my go to “regular” use ink pad since it won’t smear.

  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 – $5.95 )
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 – $4.95 )

You will definitely want this item too.

  • Color Lifter  (Item 129369 – $4.95 )

It can help pull color back in if you go out of the lines. It helps with highlights by “lifting” the color. Normally I say-Go ahead-Color outside the lines or stamp outside the lines. THIS is the one time you want to stay in the lines. If you Love to color-You will Love these.

Checkout the video from Stampin’ Up!® and see why YOU just NEED to get some for yourself:

Because I am a visual person-here is what these markers and pad look like:


Of course, More deals. Did you know if you shop Online there is Weekly deals? You didn’t? Well now you do. Click here or click on the Weekly Deal Box to go the deals.

New My Digital Studio items available as well. Just go to my Online Store to shop now.

Happy July 1st and Bunny Bunny!!!



Another Screen Card

Hey, Guess what, another Birthday Party for my daughter Addie to attend.

Yup, Addie had a 2nd party to go to this past week. Break out the Mellon Mambo Cardstock. I created this card in about 15 minutes. Same idea as my last screen card but I did change it up with the small banner punch. I love how this one turned out. So easy and fun.


I had to show you the Candy Dots. Have you used them yet? Love these guys. Just like the Rhinestones and Pearls, they have adhesive but most importantly, they come in our 4 color groups. Just by adding them to this fun card, it gives it the “punch” it needed. They are so reasonable at $5.95 each, 100 pieces in a pack-Go Wild! But not too much. Remember, a subtle touch is good and too much is overkill! One does not want to use “everything” we have on hand. Ooops, sorry, I did have a customer like that once. No names but a fond and funny memory.


Here are the supplies I used:

Wow, this month is going quickly. Hmm, that means that you only have a few days left to sign up as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator for the $50 mini kit. Click here if you are even mildly thinking about it. I would love to have you join my team-the Dairy Best Stampers. I have a few demos in different states, so wherever you are in the USA, you too can sign up with me. Of course, you can choose to be a Business minded Demonstrator, A Hobby Demonstrator, Or somewhere in the middle. You have 6 months from the time you sign up to decide if you would like to continue or to be active. Some of my ladies have been strong out of the gate and go getters. Others, are happy moving at their own pace. I am there if you need me. I will help you to succeed in whatever awesome Stamping path you choose. Click here to learn more.
Moving on, I wanted to share this card with you. It was one of my cards from my Online stamp club for this months club. I just loved the way the colors looked good together. Interested, Sign up for Next months club during July 1-10th.
If you are looking for something fun delivered to your mailbox monthly, Actual card samples, not a kit, Join my Virtual Online Stamp Club today.
Just click here to learn more about my stamp of the month club.                                                                                   June-14-Online-Club
Of course, if you have any questions, just give me a holler.
I am happy to be Your Demonstrator and to be of service to you. ENJOY!