Friday, January 31, 2014

Sale-A-Bration Gift Wrap Ideas

Hello!  I'm loving all of the stuff you can earn for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration, and I saw these really cute ideas on the Stampin' Up! website yesterday and just had to share them!  I love how they made all of these projects.  These definitely gave me some new ideas and inspiration, so naturally I had to share them with you too!


It’s time to celebrate. At Stampin’ Up!, we call it Sale-A-Bration! And it’s a great time of year.
Sale-A-Bration (US/CA) is a promotion where you can earn free, exclusive products with a $50 US/$60 CA purchase. I really love the offering this year. The Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper and Accessory Pack (US/CA) are some of my favorite things.
Using the twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, I created pom poms as a gift topper.  To create a pom, I simply wrapped a generous amount of twine around a ruler—but a fork also works well. Remove it from the ruler, then tie a piece of twine around the center of the entire twine bundle. (If you’re using a fork, tie it between the tines—it will hold everything in place.) Tie the knot as tightly as possible.  Then, cut the loops on each side and fluff.  I also trimmed longer strands to create a more uniform shape.
To create bigger poms, wrap the twine around your fingers or a larger object. The more twine you use, the fuller your poms will be. There are lots of tutorials available on Pinterest that can help you make great poms!
I also used the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack on my chevron bag.  To create an alternate-shaped gift bag, I started by trimming a tiny strip from the bottom of the bag. Next, I created new score lines on the outside edges at 1".  I also created a score line 2" from the bottom of the bag.  Then, I used the new score lines to create a fuller, more 3D shape.
Cut the vertical score lines on the bottom of the bag, but only up to the new 2" horizontal score line. Then you can fold in the sides and create the base of the bag.  (I added a scrap of cardstock to the bottom of the bag for added support.) 
The cork pieces from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack are a fun new way to embellish a card or tag.
Last, I created a simple card. I made polka dots on my card using a pencil eraser andWhisper White Craft ink. Then I added a fun greeting using the new See Ya Later Stamp Set (US/CA), Starburst Framelits, and Stampin’ Write Markers (US/CA).
I hope you’re excited about getting free products! Go ahead and Sale-A-Brate!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow!  All of these items can be purchased by contacting me or by ordering directly from my website.  Thanks!   

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Better Place Card

Hello!  I've been busy stamping and made a ton of new cards to share with you.  I can't believe how many I was able to make, considering I do have a busy toddler and many demands on my time.  I made this card the other day, and when I first finished the card, I didn't think that I liked it.  But it's been sitting on my desk for the last little bit, and every time I look at it, I like it more, because it's an unusual layout for me.  I have a typical layout that I fall back on anytime I'm not casing (copying) a card from someone else, and I have such a hard time getting out of that same layout rut.  So this card just keeps growing on me, because I added some more layers than I typically do.

This card grew out of wanting to use up some left over pieces of paper, and took off on its own after that.  I don't know what inspired me to place things where I did, but I'm glad I did what I did.  I used Soft Suede, Real Red, and Whisper White for my colors.  The red and white patterned paper is from the  Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions catalog, and the stamp set Starburst Sayings is what I used to created the brown piece of paper.  I love the new stamp set and coordinating Starburst Framelits.  They are so fun, and really dress up a card.  It's amazing how one little shape can add so much to an ordinary card!  And, if you order the Starburst Bundle in Woodmount ( #134817  $44.95) and the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack ( #132996  $6.95) from the Occasions catalog your total will be $51.90 before tax and shipping, earning you a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  Sweet deal if you ask me!  Contact me if you would like to order these items and earn a free Sale-A-Bration item, or simply order online through my website.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sale-A-Bration and Weekly Deals!


Earn FREE, exclusive products during Sale-A-Bration, our annual sales event with perks for shopping, hosting a party, or joining Stampin’ Up! You can take advantage of all Sale-A-Bration has to offer from January 28−March 31.

Make sure you don’t miss out on your FREE gift with each $50 US/$60 CAN purchase! We’ve made it easier than ever to get your free gift; just order one of our Sale-A-Bration bundles (US/CA) and then pick your exclusive gift!

Talk to me today to get in on the action!

Hello!  Sale-A-Bration started yesterday, and that means free stuff!  With every $50 order, you get to choose an item for free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If you would like a copy of the catalog, please contact me!  There are tons of great items in there, and I love them!!!!  I've been having a blast creating with them!  Also, some of the items will continue on in the new catalog that comes out this summer, so get them now while they're free!!!!  I always hate having to pay for something when I could have gotten it for free!

You can get this Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper for free during Sale-A-Bration!  The stamps used on this card are from the stamp sets Another Thank You Photopolymer and Simple Stems, from the Occasions Catalog.  I also used the new Gold Baker's Twine, also from the Occasions Catalog.  Contact me to place your order or order through my online store.

And here are this week's weekly deals!  There are some great spring colors on sale this week!


We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 126985

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Item # 125583

Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Labels Collection Framelits Die
Item # 125598

Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 123113
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Pool Party Classic Pad Item #126982
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130011

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Winter Wonders Kit Item # 132567
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

You can order all of these products on my website, or by contacting me.  
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Embossed Valentine Card

Hello!  I have another Valentine card to share with you.  I was so happy with the way this card turned out.  I was in the mood to make a valentine something, with no real plan in mind, but as I looked over what I had that was Valentine-ish, I somehow came up with this as I was going along.  I like this card because it's simple (shocker, I know!) and it doesn't really require a ton of supplies or stamps.

Using my big shot, I die cut the large real red heart from the hearts framelits, and then embossed the rose red card stock with the heart edge embossing folder from the adorning accents set.  I stamped the images from a retired valentine set, punched out the greeting with the modern label punch, and the little hearts with the Full Heart punch, then strung it on a line of baker's twine, hung up with a clothes pin.  I even embossed the soft suede card base with the perfect polka dots embossing folder, but I am glad that was covered up with the rose red card stock, because I think it was too much texture for one card.  I hope you enjoyed today's post, and I'll see you tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Follow My Heart Valentine

Hello!  Today's post is a card using a valentine stamp set, Follow My Heart (#134611   $15.95).  I saw this stamp set when it was first released and fell in love with it!  It's a very pretty set, and absolutely perfect for valentines!  Here's my card using the set.  Note, this set is selling fast and is only available while supplies last, so hurry on over to my online store and order yours today!

I loosely cased this card from demonstrator Nadine Weiner.  I used Soft Suede, Real Red, and Whisper White for my card. I also used the Banner Blast Stamp set, banner punch and a polka dot embossing folder from this year's Sale-A-Bration catalog. All of the items are free with a $50 purchase.  Sale-A-Bration starts on Tuesday.  If you are interested in earning free products, contact me!  Sale-A-Bration runs January 28-March 31 of this year.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  I'll see you tomorrow!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentine Banner Card

Hello!  I'm keeping this post short today since I'm still sick.  The card base is Costal Cabana.  Ink colors used: Real Red, Costal Cabana, Crumb Cake.  The patterned paper is from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper stack, the stamps are from the Banner Blast Sale-A-Bration stamp set, punched out with the Banner Punch, and 'strung' on a string of Baker's Twine.  I also used the oval punch and scallop oval punch, and a little mini heart from the Owl Punch.  All products are from Stampin' Up! and can be purchased in my online store here.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Gltter Valentine

Hello!  I'm late in posting today.  Sorry.  I've been busy and am sick too, so I'm just not on top of things today.  This card is one I cased from my favorite stamper, Jenni Pauli.  I love her blog and check it almost daily.  I cased almost exactly, and you can see her card on her blog at
She does great work!

The stamp is from a stamp set that you can get for free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration, which starts next week. I'm excited about it!  I hope you like the card, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Friday, January 24, 2014

You & Me card

Hello!  I'm so sorry I didn't post yesterday.  I was really busy and completely forgot!  So sorry!  Here's a card that was designed by my friend Mayra, and we made this card at my stamp class last night at my house.

It uses the new stamp set Perfect Pennants, the new Banner Framelits, Starburst Framelits, paper from the Designer Series Paper Stacks in Real Red and Costal Cabana, the mini heart punch, circle punch, silver glimmer paper, and baker's twine.  I hope you enjoyed today's card, and I'll see you tomorrow with more great projects!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weekly Deals!

Hello!  I don't know about you, but I get excited every week when Stampin' Up! releases new deals each week.  I love a deal, especially on stuff I use all the time!  Here are the deals this week:


We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit
Item # 130034

Regular Price: $28.95 US/$37.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$28.46 CAN

Extra Large Oval Punch Item #119859
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Item # 127555

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.96 CAN

Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US.$4.88 CAN

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 131172

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.77 US/$8.37 CAN

And don't forget the current Paper Pumpkin deal going on:

For NEW subscribers to Paper Pumpkin, if you sign up by February 10, you will get a set of the 2012-2014 In Color Markers for FREE!  It's a monthly subscription of $19.95, and all the supplies you need to make the project are included in your kit.  All you need is your favorite adhesive!  It's a great deal.  Don't miss out. Sign up now at and select me, Alisha Williams as your demonstrator.   Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Burlap and Blooms Wreath

Hello! I love the new Burlap and Blooms wreath kit from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog, and I saw this great post the other day on the Stampin' Up! website.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what they did with the supplies instead of make a wreath!!!!!  Such a pretty idea!  I think I'll be casing this soon….


I love the Burlap and Blooms Wreath! The colors make me so happy and I am so excited to display mine in my home.  I love it so much that I would like to share with you an alternate use for the kit. Sara Douglass came up with this idea and shared it with the demonstrators at Stampin’ Up!’s European convention!

Instead of using the Burlap Ribbon and flowers to decorate the wreath, we decorated a package of Tag a Bag Gift Bags and a package of Kraft Gift Boxes!
We stapled the burlap ribbon onto the gift bags and used hot glue to adhere the bellybands and flowers to the boxes. 
This way you can share the pretty flowers with more friends and family . . . and it’s bound to brighten up anyone’s day!
Now I'm off to buy two of those kits!  :)  Visit my online store to purchase your kits today.      Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you got some great ideas.  I'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Paper Pumpkin!!!

Hello!  Today's post is a fun one.  I just love Paper Pumpkin, a monthly kit from Stampin' Up!.  So when I was on Stampin' Up!'s homepage today and saw this post, I had to share it with you.  I love the stamps we get in the kits, but I sometimes struggle with ideas for how to use my stamps after the kit is used up.  Here were some great cards from demonstrators!

A Friendly Paper Pumpkin Competition


At Stampin’ Up!’s annual leadership conference, the Paper Pumpkin booth had a little friendly competition between demonstrators.

The challenge was to use the exclusive Paper Pumpkin stamps from past kits and brand-new occasions catalog products to create an amazing card. The winners were announced the last night of the conference, and we wanted to share the designs with all of you.

Julie Davison

Valerie Taylor

Tammy Martin
Charlotte Walther

Chelsey Christensen

Jennifer Blomquist

Erin Burton
Ginny Tabor

Ingrid Rosario

Michelle Suit

Monika Davis

Kristin Kortonick

Michelle Hornback

Michelle Deslandes
Diane Browning

Carolyn Sloan

Jennifer Pitta

Selene Kempton

Bobbie Ganley

Lynda Lee

We were definitely impressed with how creative our amazing demonstrators were with a limited amount of time and supplies.  This little competition also showed off how much fun the Paper Pumpkin stamps can be even after you’ve used your other Paper Pumpkin products.   
Paper Pumpkin will send you everything you need—stamps, ink, paper, and accessories—to create fun new projects every month. Each month is a different project and a complete surprise! And we’ve got an amazing Paper Pumpkin promotion going on right now: If you sign up for a new Paper Pumpkin membership by February 10, 2014, you’ll receive a FREE set of 2012–2014 In Color Stampin’ Write markers in your Welcome Kit—a $14.95 us/$19.95 ca value! Can Paper Pumpkin get any sweeter?
Contact me for more information or visit, select me, Alisha Williams, as your demonstrator, and get started today!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed the cards and got some great ideas!  I know I did.  I'll see you tomorrow!