Showing posts from September, 2017
Fun Friday Sketch Challenge Prize Patrol
Hi Everyone,
I love when I have a chance to gift someone with a wonderful prize. Today is the day with my Fun Friday Sketch Challenge. You have a chance to create a project using this template as your inspiration for your project. Upload it to me and see if you win. Here are the details:
Create a project using the template as inspirationUpload your project to me at Be sure to include your e-mail so you can be contacted if you winHave your project entered by October 15thWinner will be announced October 18thThe winner will win the Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste, Decorative Masks, and Palette Knives
Your Chance to Win

Embossing Paste is a huge trend in cardmaking today. I'm so happy to spoil someone with the tools you need to create wonderful projects. Embossing Paste add so much texture to your projects. There are many different techniques you can try as well. One lucky winner will win the Embossing Paste, decorative Mask…
Another Holiday Stamp-A-Stack Sneak Peek
Hi Everyone,
I wanted to share with all of you two more of the make-n-takes for the Holiday Stamp-A-Stack that is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st and repeated on Sunday, October 8th. I have two dates so more people can attend. I can have up to 12 people per session, so if you are local and would like to attend, just let me know. Participants can complete 2 cards each of 6 designs for a total of 12 cards for $16.00. 

I really like how the designer series paper is so striking with the white background. I used the gold Wink of Stella to give the harp and the center of the snowflakes some sparkle.

This cute reindeer is out of the Santa's Sleigh stamp set. The new 1/8" Real Read Solid Ribbon is so nice and silky. I also used Clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the trees in the background.
I hope you like these two projects. I'm getting excited for the Stamp-A-Stack events. It's great to get together with other stampers. Thi…
Stitched with Cheer Clearance Rack Deal

Hi Everyone,
If you don't know about Stampin' Up! and their Clearance Rack, you are really missing out on some spectacular good deals. The one I want to highlight today is the Stitched with Cheer card making kit from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. This kit makes 18 wonderful cards with coordinating envelopes. This kit originally cost $24.00. Today the price has dropped to $9.60. WOW! These cards follow a popular trend of stitching and the cards are wonderful. 
For an up close look at this kit, watch this Stampin' Up! video

I really loved working with this kit during the holidays last year. I'm going to stock up again this year because I just love the cards and I happen to work in a different school location, so I don't have to worry about giving the same card out to the same people. Win-Win!
There are many, many other wonderful products at the Clearance Rack. Now is the perfect time to stock up on needs for the upcoming occasions. …
Double Loyalty Bucks  Flash Sale
Hi Everyone,
I wanted to share the wonderful opportunity to get your holiday stamping products in time for the upcoming holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For a very limited time, for every $50.00 you spend, I will reward you with double Loyalty Bucks. Collect 20 bucks and you earn $30.00 in free products of your choice. You can find all of the details about Loyalty Buckshere.
I wanted to share a few of my must have products for the fall occasions.

My favorite Fall inspired suite is the Painted Harvest Suite. This has such a wonderful color scheme. The 2-step stamp system also creates such a realistic touch to your projects.

Okay, to be honest, I think that Halloween is my ultimate favorite time. Look at these fun treats. How can it not be a favorite? I have been in education for the past 25 years and I have always enjoyed making treats for my students as well as teachers. I no longer have my own classroom, but I still spoil the teach…
Stamp of the Month Nature Sings

Hi Everyone,
It's time to share news of the Stamp of the Month Stamp set for October. It is Nature Sings by Stampin' Up! What I really like about this stamp set is that I can use it for the holidays, but I also can use it for the masculine cards that I have need for. One area that I feel we need more of is having stamp sets that can be used for the men in our lives. This stamp set is perfect for this. Do you know what else is perfect? You can participate in the Stamp of the Month and get this stamp set without shipping and tax and also get 3 exclusive projects to create and a PDF tutorial is included. 
October 14th is the local workshop to come and make your projects. If you aren't local, you can still participate by registering for it by the 5th of October. Once you let me know you want to participate, I will send you an invoice through PayPal or coordinate payment. You can find details by clicking on Stamp of the Month.

This is a beautiful …
Ring the Holiday Bells Holiday Stamp-A-Stack Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone,
Well it's that time to think about the holidays and the Christmas cards you need to get started. One of the ways I help stampers is to host a Holiday Stamp-A-Stack where participants get to make 12 cards for $16.00. I design 6 projects and everyone makes 2 of each. This is such a fun day because everyone gets a head start on their Christmas list and I also have prizes to giveaway while people stamp. HOW FUN!
Today I thought I'd share a sneak peek at 2 of the projects that stampers will get to make. If you are in the area and would like to participate, there are 2 sessions to choose from October 1st and October 8th. I can have up to 12 people per session, so reserve your spot ASAP.

Emerald Envy is such the perfect Christmas green. It is so rich in texture. I paired it with Crumb Cakeand the Christmas Pines Stamp set. The Label Me Pretty punch is becoming one of my favorite. The Layering Oval dies can layer all o…
Welcome to the Season of Style!

Hi Everyone,
I am so excited about the next two months with the news of two Paper Pumpkin kits that will get your holiday cheer started. The Paper Pumpkin team is always tracking products that make our customers happy and (no surprise!) holiday kits are a huge favorite. Knowing this, Stampin' Up! decided to create a simple and fun holiday crafting experience as the perfect way to streamline Christmas prep. Welcome to a Season of Style!
To give you more of what you love, during October and November Stampin' Up! is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects. I think this is so great! I know that I get so busy in the next couple of months, that the holidays are upon me and I haven't gotten my holiday cards and gift packing done and I'm rushing. 

In order to receive the Paper Pumpkin kits, you need to sign up by October 11thto receive the first kit and November 10 to receive the second kit…
Cards in a "Flash"

Hi Everyone,
I recently held my Wednesday Stamp class and featured a great way to create quick cards. If you are like me, you can spend so much time trying to design a card, or go to Pinterest for hours looking at cards and layouts. Well a fellow demonstrator, Connie Stewart, has created "Flash" cards for years. I decided to use this technique, and I can't believe how quick and easy it was to create my projects for class. I usually do three projects at class, but I decided to create four because it was so fun. Take a look at the class projects.

I featured the Painted Harvest Stamp setfor my class this week. I love the texture that the flower gives when stamped. This set is a 2-step stamp set. 2-step stamping always create such realistic images.What's a "Flash" card? Look at all the projects and see if you can guess.

I am a designer series paper fan. Whenever I can feature it I use it. For this project, I used the coordinating le…
A New School Year
 Hi Everyone,

My favorite time of year is when the bells at school begin to ring to welcome students back to the classroom. I have been in education for over 25 years. One of my roles is mentoring new teachers. I decided to surprise one of my new teachers with a back to school pail. I included many treats and things and created a letter for her.

This project was so fun for me. A brand new teacher has so many challenges and just a little gift is all that you need to give joy and take out some of the stress beginning a new career. 
If you know someone in need of a little cheer, simply "Gift a little joy" to them and lift their spirits. If you do "Gift a little joy" post it with #Giftalittlejoy. Let's fill the nation with joy.
Happy Stampin',
Mary Blocher The Powerhuff Stamper
Embossing Paste Rewind

Hi Everyone,
Well I am so thankful for the cooler weather here in the Northwest to hopefully help firefighters battle the overwhelming fires that are happening. My prayers continue for them and all who are struggling severe weather. Please take some time to pray for everyone. Take that minute with me.
I recently blogged about an embossing paste class that I hosted. I had two nights. The second night recently finished, and I wanted to share a couple of alternate things that my friend Jessica did. She already has many masks (stencils) from Stampin' Up! and other companies, so she decided to bring those along. I wanted to share how she did a couple of the projects using her masks.

The Embossing Paste continues to be a really fun medium for me. I really love all the different techniques you can do. If you haven't gotten any yet, you will want to. There are many tutorial videos out there too. I think fall is the most exciting time of year for crafting. Stampi…
It's a Merry Pattern Kind of Day
Hi Everyone,
One of the things I love most about Stampin' Up! is the incentive and rewards that come up often. Today is no different. During the months of September and October, customers can earn the Merry Patterns stamp set free with a qualifying party. Stampin' Up! loves their hostesses, so why not get out your calendar and set a workshop date. Check out the fun projects you can create and even create more.

This stamp set is a photopolymer set, so you can see right where you are stamping. This makes stamping so easy. The candles in this set are really cool. There are different design stamps, so when you stamp, the candles have texture to them.
Watch the video to get a close up look at this stamp set.

I know that I'll be getting this stamp set for sure. I really like the majestic deer in this set. The holidays will be here before you know it, so be sure to get started on your Christmas list. This includes stamps, paper, and ink. Gift …
Gift a Little Joy with the New Holiday Catalog

Hi Everyone,
I know everyone is getting their kids back to school and may not have given any thought to the holidays yet. My girls are older. Julianne, 20 just moved back home to work and save money to apply for graduate school next fall. Samantha, 17 is in her senior year this year. I'm heading back into my education job too. With all the business of fall, the holidays are going to creep up quickly. I think it's time to kick off "Gift a Little Joy" by gifting small things to friends and family. Even give a little joy to strangers. 
The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog has many wonderful packaging ideas and products to make this easy. In our school district, we have a new superintendent starting, so I decided to "Gift a Little Joy" to welcome her. One of the new products are the Acetate Card Boxes. These boxes can hold up to 5 hand stamped cards with envelopes. I used a box to include 5 thank you cards as a welc…
New Stamps, Ribbons, and Paper oh My!
Blogging Friends Blog Hop Hi Everyone,

It's an exciting time with the release of the new 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog running through December 31st. What's more fun is that it's time for Blogging Friends Blog Hop, so you can hop to many other demonstrators sharing projects they created using the Holiday Catalog products. The projects I'm sharing a couple of projects I created for an embossing paste class I am holding. Enjoy your time hopping along to everyone's blog.

I really had a bunch of fun with these techniques using Embossing Paste. When you do the powder embossing with it, be sure to put the embossing powder on right away. The paste dries quickly, so you'll want to do that. Also, the embossing paste will bubble up when heated. That's the water content bubbling. It dries great and shiny.

It's finally time to enjoy the great things the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog has to offer. There are wonderful stamp …