Sending Cheer Secret Santa Giftable

Back when I was a wee little someone, there was no such thing as Elf on a Shelf…and really not even while my kids were little.  Thank goodness since sometimes the tooth fairy even forgot to show up and that was only once in a blue moon…but to have to remember to move the Elf and come up with some stinkin’ creative scenarios for this deviant little elf…that’s a LOT of pressure to perform!  Yikes…

Back in my day…we were old school and it was Secret Santa.  You’d sneak in and put a little something in someone’s locker or on their desk, no elaborate scenarios to set…only a little stealth necessary to complete the mission.  Those were the good old days.  Let’s bring them Elf on a Shelf, elaborate prom-posals, gorgeous charcuterie trays, Joanna Gaines inspired homes. (I’m telling you Pinterest will be the debt of me!  Pun intended).  Just plain old 70’s where a fondue pot and macramé owl were the height of upscale living!  Ah the good old days…

So in a nod to then and now…I have a stinkin’ cute Secret Santa gift with a little creative packaging..because it is 2023 and we are in the era of Elf on a Shelf.  I mean really have you seen some of those Elf set ups?

My friend Cathy made the bath bombs for me and you can find them on her website here.

Cathy’s Website

I used the baggies from the November Paper Pumpkin and a few other items that I’ve listed here.  I’ve got two extra kits that I will be putting into my January Card Buffet…just sayin.  See you then!


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You can watch Tuesday’s Coffee Klatsch here for instructions on making this sweet little Secret Santa Gift.

Quiet Reflection

Ah…..Quiet Reflections?  I could definitely use them since it’s not too often there is peace and quiet around here but did have a hot minute to work with my Million Dollar stamp set, Quiet Reflections.  I’m so excited to share the set with you in the next couple of days.  It will be released in the January to April 2024 Mini Catalog.  It will be on pg 63 if you’re wondering!  This has been the fulfillment of a 25 year goal.  As an SU demo, one of the fun perks is that you get to help design a stamp set when you reach 1 Million in sales and I had been dreaming  and working towards it for many years.  I had decided that I wanted “nature-y” since my family are outdoorsy and fishing & hunting are favorite pastimes for quite a few of them and their acquaintances here…so I was thinking that since we often have a lot of “feminine” stamp sets with flowers etc and have been a little weaker on “masculine” nature sets, I was thinking of leaning toward that…but SU released the Grassy Grove, Gone Fishing and Wildlife Wonder recently so that box had been ticked.  Then I was thinking Ducks…and had considered collaborating on a Duck Stamp set…(it was the Feathered Flight idea board)  and then panicked because I was worried that I might have to color in front a bunch of demos at our Convention etc…I’m at a kindergarten level watercolorist/blends user and so I nixed that one immediately.

So then I went on to Plan C – I wanted a Sympathy stamp set that didn’t JUST have sayings for the outside.(thinking of you, my/our sympathies)..but a coordinating verse for the INSIDE.  (My late friend Cheryl always preached that the insides couldn’t be naked so the inside sayings are a nod to her memory!  I know she would have loved the set and would have made A-Mazing cards!  Sure do miss her and as one of the sayings in the set says…”to remember is to give life to those we’ve loved and lost”…to Cheryl)  but I digress… I wanted a stamp set that had both religious and secular sayings for the inside AND if I could have a serious pet sympathy that would be awesome too!  Most of the pet sympathy sets have been cutesy and I wanted one that would recognize the significance of losing a pet that’s part of the family..and with those qualifications/wishes, Julie, the designer I worked with at corporate sketched and tweaked our Quiet Refection stamp set.  I love it…it’s a great sympathy stamp set with some gorgeous bonus images thrown in as a perk.  Again, the message is the focal point and the images are just the frosting.  I hope you love it too.  I’m hoping to do a fun class to kick off the Quiet Reflection set.  Stay tuned for more details.

I’ve been going thru my cabinet looking for woodsy masculine Designer Paper to use with this set…today, I’ve used the Online Exclusive paper.  Add some to your stash while you can!

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One Horse Open Sleigh 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


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So Very Merry

Hello my dear Stampin’ Friends!  I’m home from Vacation in New Hampshire…refreshed….until I woke up this morning and had a good glimpse of the weeds and laundry and the overwhelm hit back hard…But no worries right?…progress is still progress even if it’s moving at a snails pace?  I used the drive time to commit to working with my dayplanner again and try to figure out some “systems” as I’d kind of gotten away from my “lists” and I’m so thankful with y’alls patience with me.  Feel free to drop any tips for day planners and systems that are working for you or what hasn’t worked for you in the comments below!

So here’s my card from Coffee Klatsch this morning.  I had a couple of kits leftover from class so I thought I’d “re-heat” the leftovers.  It’s using the So Very Merry stamp set that’s part of the Online Exclusives…that simply means you can view them online but can be ordered Online or in Person.  I think I’ll use this card in one of my upcoming Xmas Card Stamp A Stacks, although I might change out my background folder to something more Christmas-y?  What do you think – Quatrefoil or Christmas?

If you didn’t get a chance to see Coffee Klatsch live today, you can access it here.

 And make sure you join me every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for a quick cup of coffee, a chat and a stinkin’ cute card.



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Hello Ladybug

In typical Wisconsin fashion, we had summer for a week and now the return to the 97th day of January.  Aargh…I’m not sure I can deal with this manic-depressive weather…I see why people move to Hawaii, San Diego or Florida in spite of the BIG BUGS!  eeeps.  The monotony of 85  and sunny day in and day out is alluring.  Ok, hurricanes not withstanding but still…I think I might like my chances! But, I’ll shut up now…we had maybe an Inch of snow yesterday and not the 20 inches of northern WI.  Now that’s depressing.

So speaking of Big Bugs…I did the cutest Little Bug card today in Coffee Klatsch for my niece Caitlyn’s birthday.  I used the Hello Ladybug along with a Sketch Challenge I’d found on Pinterest.  Here’s the Sketch and the card.  So stinkin’ cute!  I thought about using the retiring Plentiful Plants stamp set since she’s a plant girl… but this ones done and ready for the mail.

I decided that  I needed to add an embossed layer and a black bow and of course, some Matte Black Dots.  This sketch is fun.  Let’s see what you can do!  I think it’s time for a Sketch Challenge!  Text or email your submissions or post to my Facebook page here and one lucky participant will win a prize!   Submit your designs by April 25th to participate.  IF you missed the Coffee Klatsch today, you can find that here!

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Petal Park

It’s been unseasonable warm here in southern Wisconsin and as such my flowers are growing by leaps and bounds.  I think my allium grew 6″ today alone, but as it’s Wisconsin, there’s a chance of snow on Monday and a return to more reasonable seasonable temps next week.  Hopefully it will slow the weeds down just a tad since I’m not quite ready to deal with those either….but let’s enjoy the temps while we can.  I’ve been working in the studio today and since we don’t have bugs yet, I’ve left the door wide open.  Spring makes me so happy…and speaking of happy…this stamp set does too.  It’s called Petal Park and it’s part of a larger Regency Park suite shown on page 32 of the Jan-April 2023 catalog.  Seriously, this suite is so stinkin’ cute.

This is the card that I did for Coffee Klatsch yesterday and it’s part of my Card Stash Door Dash Delivery Service for April.  This is a kit that includes a good share of swag, 6 pre-cut card kits and a full color downloadable pdf of 12 cards using the swag product and featured stamp set or sets in this case.  The CSDDDS doesn’t include a stamp set so you can either substitute it for another comparable set or we can make sure we get the sets/bundles order up for you.  This is a great little stamp set, perfect for summer crafting…because who doesn’t love flowers!

You can check out the Card Stash Door Dash details here.

and make sure you check out the “reheated” Coffee Klatsch here to get the full deets on the simple fun fold.


Flowering Tulips

Im having technical difficulties with my iMovie today so I’m foregoing the Youtube video and just going plain old “vintage”,,,old school with just a quick blog post.  Betty A commented the yesterday on my Coffee Klatsch Flowering Tulips that it was “vintagey” and that was exactly the words I’d have used. I paired the Flowering Tulips stamp set with gingham and Red and Yellow and it has the feel of our grandma’s kitchen tablecloth.  Nostalgic would be another very apt word…brings back the fond memories of tea…with milk of course, Dutch Windmill cookies and a warm and cozy kitchen with a vintage table cloth.  Those are good memories.  So this is a slight adaptation from Tuesday’s Coffee Klatsch card.  We will be using it in my Rewards Club Take Three Class on Thursday and Friday.  If you missed Coffee Klatsch you can catch it here.

Remember Rewards Club/Class is open to all…class is free with a $25 order.  Can’t make it to Club this week.  I’ll have a few kits in Monday’s Coffee & Card Buffet on April 10th

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Flowering Tulips Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)


Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Country Gingham 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad


Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad


Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad


Sweet Sorbet Classic Stampin' Pad


Basics 3 D Embossing Folders


Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" (1 Cm) Ribbon Combo Pack


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