Freebie Friday 10/6/2017

Hey everyone. I am starting a Freebie Friday each Friday until at least Christmas. If you guys love it we will keep doing it if not well we will try something else. So today if you purchase anything from my online store you will get these with your order from me. Make sure to subscribe because I will show you a super cute project that you can create using these.

What you will get:

  • 6X3 sheet of Pumpkin Pie that is already scored at 3 inches
  • 1 pieces of Whisper white cut to 2.5X 2.5 inches
  • 1 piece of the spooky night Designer Series Paper
  • 1 3×3 envelope

Fine Print:

  • You must be in the US to particpate
  • You must purchase through my online store and use the Hostess code below
  • Any size order will qualify
  • If you join my team you will get 5 of these
  • Must order by 12 pm Mountain time on October 6, 2017

I hope to see your orders today! Make sure to share with friends ohhh and while you are shopping make sure to take advantage of those amazing deals we have going on.


Have a great day and see you later today.

Paper and Stamp Sale

Did you notice the great sale that Stampin’ Up! is having right now??? You can purchase 3 papers and get another for FREE (that is an $11) savings. Think of all the cool things that you could make with that paper. If the below picture is a little hard to see make sure you click on my online store up above and you can find all the paper on sale. This sale ends October 31

I wanted to also share my top 3 favorite papers and why they are my favorite.

Painted Autumn paper ooozzzes fall to me with all the warm and rich tones. It is also a fun end of summer type of paper mixed in too. The sunflowers are gooorgeous and really does not need a lot of extra stamping.


Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

Just Add Color DSP is going to be so amazing with our new Stampin’ Blends that are coming out. I am so excited for my order to get here because it is a perk to being a demonstrator and getting to order these type of new release early. You can get it too when you join my team. Anyways back to the paper and why I love it. There are so many different designs on it and you can use it for a variety of projects. These would also be great items for the kiddos with the holidays coming up and keeping them pre-occupied on the car rides to grandma. I have cut all mine down to 6×4 in sheets and realized I loved them so much more.

Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper

Naturally Eclectic is just a great all around paper and has some really beautiful shading within it. It also has a variety of colors and shading which makes this paper so versatile too! Think about how vibrant these would make your Christmas cards, or Thanksgiving table decor, or even Valentines day pieces. I just love this set so much!!

Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper

Also don’t forget that there is world card making day special that ends October 10! So again I wanted to share with you my top 3 favorite stamp sets. You will also notice that a lot of our stamps have the coordinating Designer Series Paper that is on sale too! Again you get 15% off these stamps set. Don’t miss out!!! Also heads up that you will want to place your orders on Friday since I will have a freebie that will go out with all orders… just saying

Coffee Cafe is just a great set that is so on trend right now. I absolutely love coffee and Starbucks so this set just spoke to me.

Coffee Café Photopolymer Stamp Set

Just Add Text is so great because there are so many amazing sentiments. I have used this set so many times and it is super versatile. Really it should be a staple in your craft room if it is not already.

Just Add Text Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Birthday delivery was not my favorite at first and if I am being completely honest is one of the few that I still have not really used.. but it is on my list because I do feel that they have some great images. I really love the font on the Happy Birthday and love how this set has a matching designer series paper AND the framelits that you can use on the paper. The fox also looks mischievous and somehow I relate to him…

Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set

I hope that you enjoyed this and that you will take a minute and browse through my online store. Make sure that if you place an order that you use my hostess code below if your order is under $150. If it happens to be over $150 you will lose you hostess rewards. Also if your wish list is that large I highly recommend joining my team for just $99 and you get $125 worth of products. 

I hope that you have a wonderful day and that you will join me again tomorrow as I continue on my 31 day blog challenge. Make sure to subscribe so that you will always get my latest blog post.


Paper Pumpkin Inspiration Sept

Have you been considering purchasing a Paper Pumpkin box? Maybe you are not sure what it is. I know that I absolutely love getting this orange box in the mail each month AND knowing that I can put it together quickly. Sometimes you just need a quick card and it is great to pull out these boxes and put them together. Another thing that I personally love is that you always have a little bit extra of something.. so the fun goes on.

If you are a new subscriber make sure you get in on this fun new box that is coming out for October and November. They will coordinate!!!! How cool is that?? They haven’t given us any sneak peaks yet but if you notice on the boxes below they are a little bit different. Make sure you subscribe by October 10 so that you can join in on all the fun.

So for the September project I decided I was going to create these and give them to our apartment complex front office friends. They do such a great job of taking care of problems as they come up and I thought it would be fun to do something for them for a change. I am going to fill these with fun candies and sweet notes for them. Again the great thing is that everything is pre-cut and I just have to stamp and stick them together. I look like a total pro (which I am) but these save me some time too!

I also decided to be a little different and stamp the large leaf on top of the envelope. I also am sharing the video for how to put the kit together too! Make sure to check it out.


Lastly I wanted to invite you to join my team. This is such an exciting time to join and I hope that you will join me on this fun and creative journey. Not sure why you should? One of the best things that I love about being a demonstrator is the discount on all the products that I can get. The other thing is that I am always the first to be able to purchase items from the new catalog and special releases like our new Stampin’ Blend pens. If you are ready to take the plunge just click on the Join my Team button up above or reach out to me and ask me any questions.


Make sure to check out all the great deals that we have going on to the right of you screen!! You will not want to miss them! 


Make sure to join me again tomorrow because I am continuing on with my 31 day blog challenge


Have a great day!

Snowflake Acetate Box Tutorial

Have you seen these great products on Pinterest or anywhere else on the web? These would make super great Christmas presents for your neighbors, friends, or even extended family members that you want to get a little something for. These are so easy and quick to put together that you can make a lot of them really quickly.

So what you do is take and sandwich them together and put it through the big shot. You will need the regular platform vs the magnetic platform.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure to visit me again tomorrow as I continue my 31 day blog challenge.

I hope you have a great Tuesday

Happy Birthday Drew

Yesterday was my amazing husband’s birthday and we had a wonderful day. First we were able to sleep in and then we had a great lunch at a local wing place. It was super special since his mom decided to visit us for the weekend. We love living so much closer to family and them being able to come and visit us. We just had a lazy afternoon where Drew watched football games and then took a nap.

So I decided to make an oversized z-fold birthday card. Since I was not sending it I decided it didn’t have to be a regular sized card. I decided to make it super huge and decided to make it a 6″ x 12″ and then decided to do the score lines at 3″ and 6″. I decided to use the Foil Frenzy Designer Series paper because it looks like confetti going throughout the card and was fun and festive. I also wanted to make sure that the card really sparkled so I used the silver glitter paper and used one of my favorite thinlits. I absolutely love the Happy Birthday and then I used the Number Thinlits. Finally I used the honeycomb balloon to add balloons to the card too. I am so excited how this card came out and Drew loved it too!

Also a reminder that there are so many sales going on this month including the World Card Making day and the buy 3 get 1 free DSP sale. Make sure to use this month’s hostess code when you place your order under $150.

Also make sure to join me each day in October because I am doing a blog a day.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you will subscribe to my blog and make sure to visit me on my other social medias too! Find me by searching for Paper Gears.

Happy New Stampin’ Up! Year

I am so excited to start off the New Stampin’ Up! year and also to celebrate my amazing husband birthday! October 1st really is super exciting. To kick off such a great day I wanted to give you a run down of all the amazing things that we have going on this month so grab a cup of coffee or tea and your planner and jot down all the dates! Also this month we are kicking off 31 days of blogging so make sure to join me each day to see what creative things I am up to. Also be sure to follow me on social media like my Facebook Page, my VIP Facebook group, and Instagram to see what I am up to all month long.

World Card Making Day special: 

October 7th is World Card Making day and Stampin’ Up! has some pretty amazing specials going on from October 1 – 10 where you can get 15% off select stamps. Another thing that you can get is when you order your fast fuse you will get 2 refills for free (a $15 value)!!! There are some really amazing stamp sets that you can get and also some that I have been keeping my eye on too! Make sure to subscribe to my blog as I am going to be giving more inspiration and some tutorials also on how to use these fun stamps.

Designer Series Paper Sale

Another great special that we have going on that only happens once a year is our Designer Series Paper Sale which when you buy 3 you get 1 free!!! The even better thing is that Stampin’ Up ensured that you would get the most bang for your buck and have coordinating stamps sets above with the paper!!! Now you really will be able to cross everyone off your nice list for the holidays!

Speaking of holidays if you have a creative friend that you know would love one of these stamp sets why not get their Christmas present checked off early and save a little cash??

Paper Pumpkin Promotion:

Another great thing that we have happening this month is the coordinating Paper Pumpkin boxes for October and November. I am so excited to see what this month’s kit will look like. To get your subscription started today just click on Paper Pumpkin at the top of the blog and it will walk you through how to get started.

Hostess Special

Don’t forget about the Merry Pattern stamp set that you can earn for free when you host a qualifying party or you can get it if you have $300 sale order that you want to put in.. But if your wish list is that large I really recommend you join my team. Why??? Because you will have hit your quarterly minimums and you can get a 20% discount on all of your products.

Become a Demonstrator

So maybe you are thinking that it is time to take the plunge and really join my team… but then you think what is the catch?? There is none. To join you just click Join My Team up above and then walk through the process.. Super easy. You can pick $125 worth of product for your starter kit and then only pay $99. That is it!! You will get exclusive offers and first chance to order new products.. like the one that I am going to highlight tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? Open the door to your Stampin’ Up! business.

If you have any questions I would love to talk with you and feel free to email me at info

I hope that you all have a wonderful day! Make sure to subscribe to my blog so that you do not miss a thing! See you tomorrow!

NC Demo Hop: Techniques

Hello!!! I am so excited to be joining the NC Demo’s on another hop. This is a fun hop because we are going to be sharing amazing techniques. If you are already a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in NC I hope that you will join us next week. If you would like more info about becoming a demonstrator please let me know.

The technique that I used was the Embossing Paste. This is a great and easy technique to use and learn on. It is also cost efficient and you can make a ton of card quickly and easily. I used the embossing paste, palette knives, and party decorative masks and then mixed in some gold glitter and flirty flamingo ink refill. Add as much of the glitter and the ink as you want and as dark as you want and then take your paste and spread it evenly over your mask and paper. For my paper I used Real Red and my card base was Night of Navy.

For the sentiment and stamp set I used the hostess exclusive stamp set Merry Patterns. I absolutely love this stamp set and so glad that I finally have it in my hands. You can get it for FREE if you host a party that earns $300.. how cool is that. I also used my favorite framelits, the stitched framelits, which really are a must have if they are not already part of your collection.

This card was really simple to put together and it reminds me of Christmas in Europe. Very simple but oh so elegant. I hope that you will continue to join us on our hop and head over to the next blog.

Make sure to go and hop over to Tamra!!


For the entire list of hoppers check them out here:

Jo Anne Hewins

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier

Sue Root

Sue Stapp

Kathy Svedberg

Frances Wagner

Christina Walker ** You are here**

Paper Flock Hop: Fall in 3D

Hello!!! And welcome to our first ever Paper Flock Hop! This hop is comprised of Phyllis Shepherd’s Stampin’ Up! Team members and I am so excited to share all the creations that we have came up with. For the first ever theme we are doing Fall in 3D and show casing items that you can use for fall. I hope you will join us from here on out and make sure to hop along to everyone.

For my project I decided to create a fun box that you could give away at your Halloween party. These would be so great for all the treats you want to hand out. I learned how to create this fun box at the Quarterly NC demonstrator event that I went to. We will also be doing something similar to these at my Retreat in October.

So what you will need to do is take a 6X6 sheet of paper. Using the envelope punch board (item #133774) punch and score on 3 sides at 2 and 4 inches. on the 4th side just punch at the same measurements. You then cut the top of the treat box so that it is flush with the rest of the box (basically the top triangle). And then cut the opposite side on the score lines to the end of the score. You then just put the box together and use your favorite adhesive to stick it all together. If you enjoyed this project I will do a Facebook Live video in my VIP Group that you are welcome to join.

If you want to join our hop you can either join Phyllis’ team or my team and you will be invited to join. Our next few hops are as follows:

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will continue to hop along. Up next is

Susan Reitmeyer Legits

If you get lost or need to start over just hop back here and pick up on the list:

Phyllis Shepherd

Christina Walker

Susan Reitmeyer Legits

Rick Adkins

Upcoming Events

There are so many events going on that I felt it was a good idea to put them all into one blog post.

The first thing that I want to remind you all about is my retreat that is coming up October 21. This will be in Charlotte, NC and space is limited. The cost is $40 which is a great price for an all day event and the projects we are going to make. Make sure to RSVP ASAP before space fills up.

Also have you seen where we are going in 2019 for the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip??? We are doing the Greek Isle and I am working towards earning it. The other great thing is that you can join now and start off the the new Stampin’ Up! year with me. It is only $99 to start and you can put anything you want in your starter kit.

I am super excited for this amazing and exclusive stamp set just for Hostess. You can get it for FREE when you host a party with me. As a special bonus I am also putting together little kits of our ink spots and ink for you. Let me know when you want to host. You can either host virtually or in person if you are in Charlotte, NC.

Much Love!


Product Spotlight: Cat Punch

I am here for another blog hop with the great ladies of the incentive trip. Today we are spotlighting the cat punch and I love this product so much. This card was inspired by my Sissi cat and our gold fish Anchor. When I moved to MD and Drew and I moved in together Sissi loved to sit and watch Anchor. She also tried to catch him and provided hours of enjoyment. We had a secure lid on him so she was never able to actually get to him. Anchor died of old age last year and Sissi laid besides his tank for like a week. It was so sad.

Here is the inside of my card:

To get the water effect I placed my vellum paper into pool party. If you do this you do have to leave it to dry for about 10 minutes.

I also wanted to remind everyone that sign ups for my October retreat is now open. This will be a fun day and everyone is welcome to join both demonstrators and customers. If you are in the Charlotte, NC area and would like to join make sure to RSVP soon.

Make sure to keep hoping along and visit  Teresa Snyder-Granberry to see what she created for us!

Also if you are joining me from Christy Fulk I appreciated you stopping by.