Pumpkin Punch Art


A punched oval Pumpkin.

Something so simple can make a package amazing.


Our cute little window boxes are fun way to add treats and food items. A perfect lil’ something for a guest coming to dinner for the Thanksgiving Feast next week. Or, maybe you are going to someones house, it would make a lovely gift for the Hostess.

Here is what you need:


Now punch out your ovals and make a stem.

The stem can be brown or orange or even yellow but for this one I used Mossy Meadow Green.



Add adhesive to the side of one of the ovals and lay the other on top.


Add adhesive to the other two ovals:


Just add them on either side and behind the two ovals that you had placed together.


Add stem and place dimensionals on top. Go ahead and place your final oval on top.


Don’t forget to add a bit of shading with the Pumpkin Pie ink and sponge.


Ta Da! Punch Art!


 You have one fine Pumpkin.

and once again the package:



So much fun and the goodies inside make it that much more fun.

Here are the supplies I used:

Now, on to this weeks deals-Go ahead, Click on the box:




3 Ways to Get Creativity in a Month from me

Looking for a bit of Creativity every month?

Well I have 3 Options for you.

1. If you live nearby, say within a hour to 1 1/2 hrs-I’m in Lake Geneva, WI, you could have a stamping Group-otherwise known as Stampers Club or Stampers 6 Group. It’s you and 5 or more of your friends that get together once a month for about 6 months to a year. Everyone is a Hostess at least once during that period or twice if you start again for the next 6 months (Meet each month for a year). I also have the option of meeting once every other month for a year as well. Everyone spends at least $25.00 per person so that that month’s Hostess get’s benefits. If it’s your turn, you can have outside orders and depending where the group gets together, have guests. It’s a great way to meet and create with others as well as build your stamp collection.

2. My Paper Pumpkin. If you scroll down the lower left side of my Blog, you will come to options of My Paper Pumpkin as well as the site. It is a Fun Box of Orange-A box of Creativity that comes to your door every month for as long as you set up the subscription. Lots of fun ideas, always a surprise inside. In 30 Minutes time you created something fun. You need to sign up by the 10th of a month if you are interested. Intrigued? Visit here to check it out. Here is a Video of October 2014 My Paper Pumpkin:

3. My Online Stamp Of The Month Club. If it’s been awhile since you have been to a Stampin’ Up! Workshop or Party, this may be what you are looking for. You can be anywhere in the USA and be a part of this Online Club. It costs $30.00 (shipping included) and you get the monthly stamp set and a kit of pre-cut items to create with the stamp set. Visit here to see if this is what might work for you. Sometimes I may ask you if you would like the other items featured in the product like punches, dies, etc. Just sign up at the bottom of the Online Club page.

This is this month’s Online Club Set and examples:



Right now I have extended the date to sign up by the 15th of the month so you still have time.



Holiday Tags 2014

Whew! My 17th Annual Holiday Stamp Camp is now behind me. Time to get back to bringing you Awesome blogging ideas and tips. I know, it’s been a few weeks since my last Post but I had to handle other things and it’s best sometimes to take a break. I hope I didn’t leave too many of you hanging. But, I am back.

Today’s Post is about those Holiday Tags that sometimes get last minute billing on the gifts. You picked out the perfect gift, the wrapping looks good but sometimes the tag is a quick one you found in a pack of 50 from the dollar store or Big Box store. It’s Ok. But it does not shout-Hey-Look at me.


 These are the samples that my guest were able to make at my Holiday Stamp Camp this year. Actually, they were only allowed to make and pick 3 out of the 5. I had a lot guests tell me these were almost too nice to put on a gift. I advised, put it on a tree as an ornament. Do you have a small little tree that you may put in the Guest Bathroom or a spot in the family room. Make a bunch of these and tape a piece of candy to the back and give to a guest as they leave. A fun remembrance.

The Tags as a whole:

Laura Z's Holiday Tags

Each one:

The one that was the inspiration for my Holiday Widget.


Oval with Tree Cutout:

These were made with Oval Framelits and the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies.


MDS Hybrid Tag:

We no longer sell this Merry Christmas stamp but I was able to download it to my MDS- My Digital Studio and print it out onto Very Vanilla C.S.


Cheer Tag:

Super Fun and using the Banner Framelits.


Circle Tag:

This is using the Holiday Home and Framelit dies Bundle as well as Circle Framelits.


and the group again:

Laura Z's Holiday Tags

Here are just a few of the items we used:

My guests seemed to really enjoy these and I plan on using them in all different ways with my leftover materials.

Now-Onto the Deals!

What’s New this Week? Just click on the Weekly Deals Box:


Stay tuned for more Holiday ideas. Be sure to check the Clearance Rack on my Online Store for goodies you might have missed.

as always-



Bring Out the Halloween Decorations

My daughter, Addie yelled, “Mom, aren’t we ever going to put out Halloween Decorations”?”

I admit, I was probably later than usual putting out the Autumn things/Halloween decorations. I like putting out the apples, baskets, Just plain old pumpkins, etc. My daughters both wanted to see something with Halloween sooner then later. Not necesarily Spooky, Scary type things, just “something” Halloween!

Ok, Ok. I put up the Halloween decorations but in a way that is still is kinda cute, a combination of a bit of Vintage/New Vintage and some current items from the Big Box stores.

Here is my Night time version on top of the coat closet-head high:


SkullI got this skull in the Clearance area of A big box craft store. He’s missing the back of skull but that doesn’t bother him or me none!

My Autumn Vignette at the bottom of my stairs before you go into my office. This can stay up through Thanksgiving which I like. It’s always a work in progress.


While shopping at a local JoAnn Fabric store I found this cool Door Screen that was 50% off-Yes! Why is it that the camera brings out the folds and wrinkles!!! (If my Hubby were shopping, He would have bought it 2 weeks after Halloween and got it for .50! That’s how He rolls. I like it and had to have it. End of story.


Ok-On to the Halloween card and the Home Decor Piece that inspired it.

I was inspired by our CEO and Co-founder-Shelli Gardner’s tag idea shown at Convention 2014 in July.


I made this card and and home decor piece in early September.


We have a card first then a piece of wood I found at Goodwill I think for .49.

Here is the VERY Scary Before-ugh can’t believe I bought it but I knew I could turn it into something.



It’s been sitting for awhile-well cured!

to this-Ta Da!


I used Black acrylic paint and the front was Barcelona Orange Chalk Paint. It was the perfect look and color. I stamped it with Tangelo Twist, added the paper and linen thread and I have a great Home Decor idea. I had a bunch of blocks cut up for most of my stamp clubs this month so that they could make one too.

Now, on to the Weekly Specials from Stampin’ Up!




World Card Making Day 2014

Last Saturday, October 4th, 2014, was Officially World Card Making Day. But many do celebrate it for an entire week until October 11th. Yup, People all over the world have been crafting, Have you?

Ok, No pressure. I know how busy Life can be. However, I’m thinking a bunch of You do need to take a “bit” of time to do some creating.

I held a class at our Newest Coffee Shop-Peets! It moved right in where Caribou Coffee had been. 7 guests attended and one that was not able to attend last minute but still would get all the items from the class.

World Card Making Day 2014

We made three cards and one project that involved a Band-Aid Tin. I had 9 of these left from a Huge batch and it was the perfect little something to work with.

Here is what we made:

World Card Making Day 2014

I am very pleased how these pictures turned out. I will have you know that when I took this photo this morning-it was 43 Degrees out. Brrrrr. I know, those of you in Alaska and Northern states are going-Whatever! I staged my pics without a coat or sweatshirt and sort of hurried it along. I figured it has been awhile since I posted on my patio and it was a Beautiful Autumn Morning.

The close-up of the Band-Aid Tin.


My guests were able to pick from goodies to go inside such as Caramel filled chocolates, hard candies and Seasonal Anti-Bacterial gels.

More fun pic’s:

Check out my card!


Check out this Beauty!


As always, A Shout-Out to the Demonstrators who inspired my cards as well as Pinterest. Speaking of which, have you gotten the Pinterest Bug. Don’t worry, it’s safe but once it gets you, you can’t stop pinning! The first time I was on Pinterest, I remember My kids and hubby had been up around 8PM or so. I stopped Pinning around 11:30PM and everyone was in bed and the house was too quite. That was when I knew I had the pinning Bug. Never noticed the family had gone to bed. Great Mom/Wife- Right!! That was about 2 years ago. Since then, on it almost everyday, I have pinned so many things, everything from Kids things, food, Barns, to Obviously stamping. If you would like to visit me on Pinterest I have a Click on it button to the left of the screen and other places to find me.

Now, On to the Weekly Deals.

Just click on the this Banner button:


 Thinking about Joining Stampin’ Up! this month? Well, right now there is a Great promotion to help you along. Free Designer paper for 6 Months. Click here for more information. I would Love to have you join Me today. 17 years later for me-I wished I had signed on sooner. Just contact me today if you have any questions.


Don’t forget, I also have an Online Stamp of the Month Club. This is this Month’s stamp set. If you would like to stamp once in awhile, get fun ideas and add a stamp set once a month to your collection, check out my Online Stamp of the Month Club by clicking here. Hurry, Sign up by the 10th of the Month to get on that month’s stamp set. That means TODAY is the last day to sign up for this month’s stamp set.



Amazing October Specials


Amazing Early October Special #1

Do you need to fill up on Cardstock before the Holidays? Fall cleaning made you realize you could use a few new stamp sets?

Look no further-just click on this Stamp Stock & Save Widget!


Or download this Flyer.

Amazing October Special #2

Would You like to become a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator?

Have you thought about it and thought, MAYBE?

During the month of October,  New recruits receive one FREE package of Designer Series Paper, every month for six months. That is an Awesome Deal, especially since our papers are so Beautiful and we have so many choices to choose from.

 Click here when you are ready to join Stampin’ Up!® and My team-the Dairy Best Stampers.

Amazing October Special #3

My Holiday Stamp Camp Registration is now up and ready for you to register today! If you live nearby Lake Geneva, WI (perhaps 2 hrs driving), You will want to attend this event. Generally, you leave well fed, full of ideas and lots of homemade stamped cards and goodies. Sound like something YOU would like to attend? Click here for more information or click on my Tag ornament to the right.



More Curvy Keepsake Boxes

As I mentioned in a past post, I would have more of this really fun box.

My first one:


This one is using Designer Series Papers-


Bring on the Cute.

A fun Scarecrow:


Of course-The Pumpkin version:


That’s a few of my Fall versions for you and I’m thinking a Turkey one is just around the corner.

Fill up these cuties with all kinds of candy or treats.

 The finished box is 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.

It’s Tuesday. So, that means this weeks Deals are available. Just click on the button.
I will also like to make an announcement. You can sign up for my Holiday Stamp Camp 2014 at Midnight tonight-October 1st. Just visit my Event Calendar or the sidebar button with the Holiday Tag. Whoo Hoo! I am very excited at this years ideas. If you are available to come to my event in November-I would love to have you.
I will post again tomorrow to give you some quick info regarding My very popular and Biggest annual event.

Autumn Wreath

It’s a few days into Autumn, My Happy time of the year. Yippee!! Bring on that Fall Feeling. The stores may have already skipped Fall and jumped into -eek-Christmas but not me. I have a few weeks to make some stunning fall projects and ideas before Christmas comes creeping in. Don’t get me wrong, I love, Love Christmas and the Holiday Season. But, In it’s time. Right now, its creating all things Fall, Autumn, Autumnal, you get the idea.

This new wreath stamp from the Holiday Catalog was just the perfect stamp set to start off my Fall projects. I whipped up this card in no time at all.

Autumn Wreath-Loving the Fall season.

It combines three amazing stamps/sets. First I used the Hardwood stamp for the background, the Wondrous Wreath, and the Free Hostess Only set-Good Greetings.

OOPS-I had the set only available until Sept 30th and It’s available until October 31st.

Love the Ribbon


Here are the supplies I used:

There is a bundle with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits-you save 15%. I Highly recommend getting these to cut out your wreath perfectly every time. If you haven’t used your Big Shot lately-get it out!! For me, I am inspired by the Big Shot dies and Framelits. Having the right tools can make the stamps you already have do a whole lot more. Sometimes you may just need to upgrade your stamp collection with dies, or maybe a background stamp. The cooler weather may make you feel like doing Fall Cleaning throughout your home. While you are at it, clean out your Hobby area too. Take some inventory of the stamps and supplies you have. Maybe it’s time to do some Fall shopping too! You can shop 24/7 Online with me. Delivered straight to your door. So Easy.
Send me an email if you have any questions on projects I make, or perhaps about a Kids party, or booking a show.
Until the next fun Blog Post: