Friday, May 31, 2013

New Catalog

It's finally here!  The new 2013-2014 Stampin' Up Catalog!  I will be handing out copies at my class tonight.  If you are not able to come and would like one, please contact me by phone 860-647-7067 or email me at  I love all of the new 2013-2015 IN COLORS - we will be using a few in the class tonight.  To view the new catalog online, please click the picture to the right.

Hope to see you tonight!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Brie with Apple, Cranberries & Almonds

They boys were off camping with the boy scouts this weekend, which left just us girls at home.  It always seems much easier cooking and planning for 3 than 5...  Friday night I just made this great appetizer for dinner and the girls loved it.  I hadn't made it in years and I really don't know why, it comes together very easily.


1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbls packed brown sugar
2 Tbls melted butter
1 round 16-17oz. Brie Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and coarsely chop apple. Combine apple, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Mix together.

Cut brie in half horizontally. Place one half – rind side down into baking dish. Spoon half of apple mixture onto bottom half of Brie – spreading evenly. Top with remaining half of Brie, rind side up. Spoon remaining apple mixture over top.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is soft and just begins to melt.

Serve with thinly sliced French bread.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mother's Day Presents

Yes, I know - it's Secret Garden once again.  I really just love this set, there are so many things you can do with it and so many combinations...   Here are the presents I made for my Mom and Stepmother for Mother's Day:

For the top one:
Supplies Used: 
Stamps: Secret Garden C 129144, Delightful Dozen C 122652
Ink: Night of Navy 126970, Melon Mambo 126948, Daffodil Delight 126944
Card Stock: Night of Navy 100867, Whisper White 100730, Melon Mambo 115320, Daffodil Delight 119683
Accessories:  Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372

For the bottom one:
Stamps: Secret Garden C 129144, Petite Pairs C 122497
Ink: Melon Mambo 126948, Daffodil Delight 126944, Pumpkin Pie 105117
Card Stock: Melon Mambo 115320, Whisper White 100730, Daffodil Delight 119683, Pumpkin Pie 105117
Accessories:  Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Day X2

Here is the 2nd card as promised.  This one was for my Stepmother and used the same set - Secret Garden:

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Secret Garden C 129144, Teeny Tiny Wishes C 127802
Inks:  Raspberry Ripple 126859, Primrose Petals 126858
Card Stock: Raspberry Ripple 126839, Primrose Petals 126841, Garden Green 102584,  Print Poetry DSP 129312
Accessories:  Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day Cards

I thought I would share the 2 cards I made for my Mom and my Stepmother for Mother's Day.  I am so lucky to have such wonderful women in my life and I really have no idea what I would do without them!

The card for my Mom:

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden C 129144, Delightful Dozen C 122652
Ink: Midnight Muse 126860
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse 126843, Crumb Cake 120953, Very Vanilla 101650, Print Poetry DSP 129312
Accessories: Large Basic Pearls 125577,  Secret Garden Framelits Dies 129372

I'll post my Stepmother's card tomorrow for you!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Secret Garden

First of all - Happy Mother's Day!  This year I made presents for my Mom and Stepmother and will post pics later in the week so I won't spoil the surprise in case they check in here today. 

This is the last card we made from the May 3rd class.  It uses the Secret Garden set which has quickly become a favorite of mine.  It's so versatile and I love that it has matching framelits available.  It can be a little bit of a challenge getting them lined up but well worth the effort.  This set is being continued in the new catalog, but the great bundle discount is not so order soon if you are interested.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden C 129141, Sassy Salutations C 126707
Ink:  Midnight Muse 126860, Summer Starfruit 126991
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse 126843, Summer Starfruit 126839, Very Vanilla 101650,  Garden Green 102584, Print Poetry DSP 129312
Accessories: Secret Garden Framelits Die 129372, Pearl Basic Jewels 119247

Saturday, May 11, 2013


As most crafters and scrapbookers do - I keep every scrap of paper in hopes that I will use it again.  And just like most when I need a certain color, I drag out a new sheet and have a new pile of scraps.  Well I decided to get more organized with my scraps and went from this:

To this:

It did take a while to do, but I'm so happy now that its done!  I have 2 files sets but only took a picture of one.  Everything is so nicely sorted out by each color, it makes it so much easier to get ready for a class and cuts down on paper usage.  Those that know me well, will know that my Cherry Cobbler File is the biggest :)
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Secret Garden

Here is card #2 from the May 3rd class....

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden C 129144,  Occasions Alphabet C 123598
Ink:  Early Espresso 126974, Crumb Cake 126975
Card Stock: Early Espresso 119686, Crumb Cake 120953, Very Vanilla 124301

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Just Thinking

What a fun night we had at the class on May 3rd.  We had a great group of women and made three cards.  Here is the first sample in case you  missed out.  The next class is scheduled for May 31st - so mark your calendars - I will have the brand new catalogs to hand out that night!

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Just Thinking W 129940
Ink:  Baja Breeze 126960
Card Stock:  Baja Breeze 111352, Night of Navy 100867, Whisper White 124302
Accessories: Large Pearl Basic Jewels 125577,  Boho Blossoms Punch 119858, Honeycomb Embossing Folder 129378, Window Frames Framelits 129021

Friday, May 3, 2013

Best of May Set

Best of 25 Years Stamps

As part of our 25-year anniversary celebration, we're bringing back some of our favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Here is the set for May:  Brides and Babies, Item # 133482

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Photopolymer Sets

Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!

 Show & Tell 1 Photopolymer Stamp Set 133450

 Show & Tell 2 Photopolymer Stamp Set 133481