Jan 212018

Many of you know that I have hosted  an over the top biannual retreat weekend for a few years now and this past one was no exception.  While the holiday catalog has come and gone the projects made with some of those products has not and its quite possible that you have some of them and are ready to use them so today I’ll share with you a great winter project.

This was just one of the make ‘n takes the guests created at the retreat and was certainly a hit.

If you would like to find out more about upcoming retreats check it out here.

As for creating this sampler I started out with a 12″x12″ sheet of crumb cake cardstock then layer an 11″x11″ sheet of Designer Paper.  All of the squares are made up of a 3″x3″ piece of Old Olive cardstock, then 2 3/4″x2 3/4″ piece of Basic Black and topped of with a piece of whisper white 2 1/2″x 2 1/2″ .   Then is was time to just decorate each square.

Hope you enjoy making your own sampler!

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Dec 042017

These little guys make the best holiday package yet.  I’ve made lots of holiday packaging in the past but this one is by far the easiest and packs a wild punch.


With a quick run thru the Big Shot using the new Snowflake Embossing Folder the top of the box has a great embossed pattern on it.  I added a bit of ribbon, a simple “tree” tag that I colored withe the Stampin’ Blends (Which are the BOMB) and finished it off with one of those sweet Green Sprigs and voila a great Christmas package.

The inside of the Pizza box is wax coated and food safe so you can add a bit of fudge, cookies or other sweet treats.

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Sep 072014

Artful Autumn Retreat Optional Classes:

Embassy Suites Hotel – Troy Michigan

October 10 – 11 & 12, 2014


Register by September 26th

It’s Halloween Time Class

Create a special Framed Art Piece to display your favorite Halloween memory along with 12 Halloween Treat Boxes

Halloween class treat box & frame photo

Class will be held on Friday at 7:30PM

Class fee: $22

Registered Retreat guests receive a $2 discount


For All Things Purse Card Set Class

Create this fall themed set of 6 cards with matching envelopes all neatly held in a stylish purse


Class will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM

Class fee: $30

Registered Retreat Guests receive a $5 discount


Mess ‘O Christmas Tags

Create 20 Christmas TagsMess-'O-TagsClass will be held on Friday at 9:00 PM and on Saturday at 3:00 PM

Class fee: $15

Registered Retreat Guests receive a $3 discount

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Aug 022014

One of my lovely team mates made this box for me at the Stampin’ Up! convention and I so need to learn how to make it.   I’ll be sure to share the details when I get them.
And don’t you just love the new Sweetheart Punch and Matching Groovy Love Stamp Set.

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Jul 302014

My husband wanted to take a buddies wife a thank you for keeping her husband away for a few evenings in row for some work on his boat and asked if I would make a simple bottle of win not so simple anymore.  This wine bottle tag was quick & easy stamping which I really needed since he needed it in a snap and I was on my way to a class.

Flower Shop wine bottle tag
I still had some of that lovely Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon that retired this year and so miss it.  I sure hope it shows up in Stampin’ Up!’s Clearance Rack so I can get some more.  I embossed the flower with gold embossing powder popped it onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that I punched with the amazing Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and added a splash more pizazz with some Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape and poof  it was done.

I’m pretty sure my husband was forgiven.

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Feb 222014

The Flurries ‘n Fun winter retreat last month was just so much fun and I’m now on a plane getting back to my craft room to start designing for our next retreat.  Blossoms ‘n Bling Spring Retreats.  Now of course I can’t show you what I’ll be making because that would certainly spoil the surprise for everyone but I can share with you what everyone enjoyed at the last one.

We made it very easy for each guest to find their table with this super adorable tea pot that we had at each place setting.  Wonder how it was made?   Check back and I will have a video for you!

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Now if you haven’t been to one of our retreats you may not know this but there are times when you return to your table after a meal or in the morning you will find a surprise.  We like to call them Pillow Gifts.  I know there isn’t a pillow to put them on but you can imagine that there is. 😉


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We created this tea pot by starting out with the Petite Purse Die and a couple of circle punches.  Can you guess how the rest is made?

Would you like to be pampered all weekend and receive several of these fun Pillow Gifts?  Join us at one of our Blossoms ‘n Bling Spring Retreats in April.

 Blossoms n Bling srping craft retreat

Free markers with my paper pumpkinThere is still time to get your free markers. 

As a new My Paper Pumpkin subscriber by March 31st your first kit will include 5 FREE Markers along with a FREE Clear Block.  I have a special offer if you select me, Karen Trelfa,  as your demonstrator.  You will also receive an additional card kit to create some more cards with the stamps you receive in the welcome kit.

If you are not sure how to select me as your demonstrator send me an email and I will get it handled for you.

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Jul 292013

Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a few special decorating items when those special dates come along.  Well these two projects have certainly fit the bill for me.   The birthdays in my house are mostly near another holiday so there is already some sort of décor going on but I like this just to celebrate a little bit more with a personal touch.

This is another printers tray with Birthday inserts which has been on ongoing series of projects since last fall and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.  When I saw the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper in the new catalog I new exactly what I was going to make with it.

Birthday Tray                             

I have been hosting classes frequently for the inserts ever since Stampin’ Up! offered them as a special promotion last fall and each one gets more exciting than the last one.

I also have been asked a zillion times if I could add more guests to the class.  I would love to except the printers trays are no longer available.  A total bummer.




But I was never one to let something that small stand in my way of making someone happy so I came up with an alternate option last month.  These lovely framed Samplers. 




Birthday Sampler


Isn’t this just the bomb?   Again the Birthday Basics Designer Paper was my starting point as I am very drawn to the colors in that pack.  Not to mention it is just so much fun.  Last month I used the Gingham Garden Designer Paper to start the Printers Tray Project and of course had to have a matching sampler to go with that one too.  I forgot to photograph if to include in my previous post so here it is now.


summer sampler

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Buy 3 get 1 free stampin up designer paper sale

Check out the photo that Stampin’ Up! is using with the DSP Sale.  Look familiar?  It’s the Birthday Basics patterns that I used for the Birthday Printers Tray and Birthday Sampler in this month’s class.

How fun is that!!!

stampin up designer paper

May 302013

Summer has taken forever to show up here so I thought I’d give mother nature a bit of an incentive.   This month we will be making some inserts for our Printers Trays.   The class will be on June 20th so mark your calendars.



Stampers Clubhouse Recipe:

  • Wildflower Meadow Stamp Set (129168)
  • Kind & Cozy Stamp Set (129126)
  • From My Heart Stamp Set (126557)
  • For The Birds Stamp Set (126407)
  • Gingham Garden DSP (129310)
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
  • Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds
  • Simply Pressed Clay


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