Saturday, November 28, 2015

First Love

My first love will always be scrapbooking.  Scrapbooking is how I got into all of this paper crafting madness about 14 years ago.  Since then, I've done just about everything that can be done with paper but scrapbooking will always be my first love!  
Today I want to share with you a 12x12 layout using the Into the Woods designer series paper.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous!  My favorite color combo is the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive....just breathtakingly beautiful!  Anyway, here's the layout!
Products used:
Into the Woods Designer Series Paper - 139586
Into the Woods Cardstock Pack - 139587
Acorny Thank You Stamp Set - 139718
Acorn Builder Punch - 139681
Tea Lace Paper Doilies - 129399
Linen Thread - 104199
Rich Razzleberry - 126950
Old Olive - 126953
Tip Top Taupe - 138325

Don't forget about this week's Online Extravaganza!  There is a variety of products marked 20-50% off until Monday, November 30th.  Order $25+ with me using host code ZVYTWMAK and get a special gift from me!

P.S. - The Into the Woods Designer Series Paper will be retiring soon....don't miss out on this beautiful paper!

Order online, anytime by visiting my website HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Week!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  My daughter and I are enjoying the week off from school as we get ready for Thanksgiving.  Yes, we are getting ready for Thanksgiving….not Christmas.  That will happen around Saturday.  Thanksgiving is a special holiday for my family and we are often annoyed by the skip from Halloween straight to Christmas!  We just think you should take the time to be thankful for what you have and there’s no better time than Thanksgiving!

One of the things that I am most grateful for is the wonderful people I’ve met along the way during my Stampin’ Up! journey.  Last Friday, one of my customers hosted our monthly class at her home (again).  We had a great time creating this project.

I promised the ladies in attendance that I would share some more ideas for projects to create using the Acorny Thank You stamp set and Into The Woods designer series paper that we used to create our class project.  So, here is the first project.  This card design was inspired by a project featured on one of the display walls at Stampin’ up Convention this past summer.  It was a pillow box that I just changed to a card.

To create this card, I started with a 5 ½ by 8 ½ piece of Soft Suede cardstock folded in half.  I cut a piece of the lighter wood grain print from the Into the Woods designer series paper to 5 ⅜  by 4 ⅛.  I used a sponge with Tip Top Taupe to darken the wood grain and mounted the paper to the card front.  I folded a doily in half and attached it to the card front about a third of the way down the front of the card.  Next I stamped 5 acorn caps (2 diamond pattern and 3 crosshatch) using Tip Top Taupe.  I stamped the acord bodies (alternating between solid and striped) using Mint Macron, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Tangelo Twist.  After putting the caps on the acorns I arranged them along the top line of the doily and added a piece of gold glitter ribbon behind.  I stamped the greeting in Tip Taupe Top, bannered the edges and attached using a dimensional with a twist of gold metallic thread behind.  I just love the way it turned out.  Give it a try!

Products Used:
 Into the Wood Designer Series Paper - 139586
Acorny Thank You Stamp Set - 139718
Acorn Builder Punch - 139681
Gold Glitter Ribbon - 139614
Tea Lace paper Doilies - 129399
Classic Stampin' Ink - Mint Macron 138326
Classic Stampin' Ink - Old Olive 126953
Classic Stampin' Ink - Rich Razzleberry 126950
Classic Stampin' Ink - Daffodil Delight 126944
Classic Stampin' Ink - Tangelo Twist 133646
Classic Stampin' Ink - Tip Top Taupe 138325

Don't forget about this week's Online Extravaganza!  Products are marked 20-50% off until Monday, November 30th.  Check out the deals HERE!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Paper Pumpkin February 2015: Layers of Gratitude/Sale-A-Bration

I am so excited to finally share with you what I've created with the February 2015 My Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I love, love, love this kit! As soon as I opened and saw the accordion fold card...I knew I had to make it into a mini album.  I used a bunch of my daughters selfies to create this little album.

In addition to the stamps from the My Paper Pumpkin kit, I used the Best Day Ever stamp set, the Best Year Ever designer series paper, and the Best Year Ever accessory pack....all freebies from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  When you purchase $50 of product you get to pick any item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  How cool is that? 

I also added a stamp from a previous Paper Pumpkin Kit.  If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin yet, now is the time to go for it.  Get a 3-month prepaid subscription and get a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Here's a look at what's in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog:

As always, if you have any questions just email me!  You can shop via my online website anytime!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Fun!

Hi!  Today I want to share with you some of the fun cards I've been creating with the August Paper Pumpkin Kit.  If you haven't heard, Paper Pumpkin is a monthy kit from Stampin' Up!  that includes everything you need to create pinterest worthy projects!  July's kit, Wish Big, included the Wish Big Photopolymer Stamp Set, a Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin Spt, 6 white card bases, 1 sheet of border stickers, 2 sheets of blue stickers (hearts, stars, and WISH letters), 1 sheet of silver foil stars, 12 die-cut round tags, 6 printed boxes, 6 yards of white 5/8" Satin Ribbon, 7 yards of White Baker's Twine, and 6 white envelopes....WOW!  That's a lot of supplies for $20!  One of the things that I love about Paper Pumpkin, besides the included idea sheet, is the versatility.  You can simply create the projects in the idea sheet or you can create whatever your heart desires.  I love to just sit with the supplies and see what I can come up with....and if I can't come up with my own ideas, pinterest is full of alternate ideas.  For today's share, I used card sketches found on various blogs to spark my creativity with this kit.  Here's what I came up with:
This month's kit is definitely my fave so far!  I can't wait to see what's in the August kit!  It's a surprise every month!  If you've ever thought about trying Paper Pumpkin now is the time.  This month's special is to sign up for Paper Pumpkin for half off for 2 months.  Yes, friends, that's $10 a month (shipping included!!!!) for an exclusive kit like the one described above!  Try it out!  If you don't like it, just cancel your big deal!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, "HALFOFF2" when you sign up.  
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).
I hope that we'll be opening our August kit together.  Be sure to sign up before August 10th to get this month's kit!
As always, if you have any questions just email me!  You can shop via my online website anytime!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy August!

Happy August!  I can’t believe summer is already over!!  :(  Next week starts the crazy hustle and bustle of a new school year!  Are you ready?  
Stampin’ Up! is an awesome way to carve out a little creative time for yourself and your friends and get a jump on the holidays with holiday greeting cards and gifts.  My sneak peak of the Holiday catalog, that goes live on August 28th, assures me that we will have a blast doing just that!

If you’ve ever thought about getting a die cutting machine like the Big Shot, then now is the time to do it!  This months special features an awesome pair with the purchase of a Big Shot machine….you get a stamp set AND the coordinating framelits FREE!  Check out these awesome bundles that are available FREE with the purchase of a Big shot:

If you purchase the Big Shot (item #113439 - $99.95) you get one of the above bundles for FREE!!!  If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these awesome bundles which are a 15% discount.

Next up, PAPER PUMPKIN!!!  Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is an awesome monthly kit that contains everything you need to create pinterest-worthy projects.  The kits comes right to your door every month with all the stamps, ink and supplies you need.  The cost per month is $19.95 + tax….shipping is included. BUT from NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11th you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and only pay HALF PRICE for the first 2 months!!!!  Check out some of the previous Paper Pumpkin Kits;10259052_1433212850269926_4446381210311681595_o.jpg10350535_1437147416543136_8397488238803193750_n.jpg10325510_1445014925756385_3432187307221121738_n.png

Still not convinced about Paper Pumpkin?  Schedule and host a Stampin Up! party with your friends during the month of August and I’ll pay for your first kit!

Ink-It-Up Class
Join me for my August Ink-It-Up Class on August 23rd from 10am-12pm!  We are going to make 6 cards, 2 each of 3 designs.  The class fee is $15 and you will receive all of the supplies to complete your cards including use of my stamps and ink and you’ll walk out with 6 beautiful cards. envelopes!  These are the cards we’ll be making this month.
Please let me know via email ( by Sunday, August 17th if you’d like to attend so that I can be sure to have enough supplies prepared for everyone.  I do have limited seating, so seats will go to those who reserve first.  If needed, I can do an additional class from 2-4pm.  Let me know if that’s a better option for you.

Craft Night
Last month’s craft night was a fun night for all.  It was great to meet new people and get some crafting done.  I was able to create 4 cards plus play with the July Paper Pumpkin Kit.  A friend of mine who purchased one of the card kits in the catalog and was able to create 20 cards in one night!!!  Awesome!  We are LOOKING for a place to hold craft night this month.  If you have any suggestions, please email me.  I’d like to find a place that’s free or donation only so that this monthly event remains FREE for everyone.

Holiday Catalog Product Shares
Last but not least, I’ve been drooling over the Holiday Catalog which I can’t share with you until August 28th.  BUT, as a demonstrator, I am able to preorder.  I know you ladies are already thinking about Holiday cards and this catalog has everything you need to send out handmade greeting cards and goodies to your friends and family.  If you’re like me, you’re going to want it all.  So, I decided that I would offer a couple of product shares to be able to provide you with a little of it all for an affordable price!  First I have a Holiday Paper Share that will include 6x6 sheets of every design for every collection of designer series paper available in the Holiday Catalog.  This paper share includes paper to use for each of the fall holidays: Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  You’ll get 2 sheets of every design for 6 different designer series paper packs for a total of 70 6x6 sheets.  The Holiday Paper Share is $15.  Next, I am offering a Holiday Embellishments Share.  This share includes 2 yards of each ribbon/twine featured in the Holiday Catalog as well as a sampling of buttons, sequins, and epoxy stickers.  This share is also $15.  I’ll need at least 4 people to commit to the share before ordering, so let me know ASAP!  I’d like to preorder these items and have them into your hands the day the catalog goes live!  You’ll be one of the first to have these products!  Just send me an email and let me know that you’re in and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.  Here are some images from Shelli Gardner’s (Stampin’ Up CEO) blog to give you a sneak peak of the catalog.


So, finally, don’t forget to email me if you are interested in participating in this month’s Ink-It-On class, if you want in on the product shares, if you’re ready to host a party and get a free Paper Pumpkin kit or if you want to join my team!  As always, I am happy to answer any questions you might have!  I look forward to hearing from you and crafting with you soon!

Rene’ Bailey -Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up! #PLxSU

Those of you that know me personally know that my first crafting love is and always will be scrapbooking!  It's a creative outlet for me and I just can't bear to let pictures sit in a box or stay on my phone/computer....I just don't see the point in that.  But, many people are afraid of the word "scrapbook" because for them it's a daunting task (this is true for me, as well, at times)!  One of the reasons I decided to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is because Stampin' Up! has a whole line of Project Life (created by Becky Higgins) supplies.  Think of the slide in albums that you may have or have seen paired with beautiful paper and embellishments and you have a "scrapbook" that's done in no time.  Many people have talked with me over the years about how they want to do something with their photos...they want scrapbooks, but they don't have the time or don't feel like they are creative enough to
"do" traditional scrapping.  If you are one of those people, then Project Life might just be the answer your looking for. If you would be interested in learning more about Project Life or participating in a Basics of Project Life class with me, please let me know!  I'd love to gather some friends to craft with!  Thanks for stopping by!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Shop anytime via my website!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Today I have a card to share that I created for this weeks Creative Challenge Club sketch 04.  I made it earlier in the week and am just now getting it posted. :(
I used the fabulous Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack along with Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey.  The sentiment is from Work of Art and I added a punched flower from Petite Petals.  I added a bit of ribbon and a rhinestone to finish it off!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this card!
Don't forget about this month's special:  Buy 3 Designer Series Paper packs and get 1 FREE!  You can order anytime through my website.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  I'd be happy to help you out!
Thanks for stopping by!