Halloween goodies

Today I have a sneak peek at one of the things we will doing at my Stampin’ Up! Saturday Sampler Workshop on Saturday September 29th from 10-2pm. Call me to reserve your spot! Bring a friend and get $5 off your order!

And a little note about one of my quilt guild’s classes. I am in our program committee and I chose to invite Lenore Crawford to visit our guild. We had some wonderful classes. You can find out more about our guild at www.wmqg.org  We have really great teachers that come from all over the country!

Hi Friends,

Whew what a weekend! I totally meant to get up early on Monday to get this post done but I was a pooped out from my Quilt Retreat Weekend! What a wonderful time and productive too. I got 11/12 blocks done for Rosie’s quilt! Yay! I hope to get back to it after the West Michigan Quilt Show next week. I am helping with the Judging committee and so I will be working on that the first part of next week. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!

This Saturday is my Saturday Sampler FUN day from 10-2pm! I am all prepared for you to come. We will be doing some fun Halloween and Christmas cards for us to do! Just a little peek at one of the choices we will be doing! A Halloween Goodies Takeout Box! This little cutey would be good for a child of any age! The box looks like a Chinese Takeout Box…hence the name! If you are not into Halloween, you could decorate the box with Autumn leaves!

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Using the Takeout Thinlits Dies (147927) and my trust Big Shot (143263), I cut out two Pumpkin Pie card stock (105117) Die-cuts. After some trial and error…mostly error!…I found that using Mini Glue Dots (103683) to hold the box together works best. I folded the die-cut at the marked creased areas, making sure the box pieces fit together with a flap at every connection except the bottom. Initially I tried stamping on the box prior to putting together but then I figured out that connecting the “bottoms” together first helped everything come together much easier. By putting the bottoms together, I could predict the outside of the box much easier.

I stamped the sections of the box with the Trick or Tweet stamp set (wood  147725 /clear 147722) with Tuxedo black Memento ink (132708). This stamp set is so cute! I have used it before for some of my Halloween cards but I thought it would look great on one of the these boxes. The box has a rectangular bottom and the panels are uneven. Prior to connecting the side panels together, I stamped the picture of the ghost bird and the mummy cat on the big panels and sentiments on the smaller panels. The sentiments I chose were “Trick or Tweet” and “Batty for You”.

I filled one of these Takeout boxes with treats and gave it to our West Michigan Quilt Guild Workshop Teacher yesterday for her to have on the way home. We had two great Quilt classes with Lenore Crawford Monday evening and on Tuesday all day! Lenore is a talented quilter who has won many honors at Quilt Shows. She has such a great sense of color and especially color blending.You can find out more about our guild at www.wmqg.org  We have really great teachers that come from all over the country! Below is a picture of the Tuesday class holding their Blended Collage Workshop efforts. Each piece of art was unique and beautiful.

I was so surprised at how different each student’s collage was! Each are beautiful and unique.

I hope you are having a wonderful afternoon! I am hoping to get a bike ride in with my sweet hubby! He just arrived home so I am off to get ready to ride!

Happy Stamping! (and Happy Quilting too!)



Thinking of You with Fall Leaves: ‘Retro’ Cas(e) This Sketch #55

Retro Case This Sketch #55Hi Friends,

Hi Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful day! I had a busy, tiring, lovely day yesterday! My lovely daughter, her husband and their sweet son came to visit. We had the “great grands” over for a visit and brunch so they could spend some time with Levi, my grandson. He put on quite a show with his big vocabulary for a 2 year old, he wow-ed them with his knowledge of the different colors and number order. He is just in love with trucks. We got a large toy semi-truck with spaces for smaller “matchbox” style cars for his Christmas present and this semi has lived with us since. This way he has a special toy to play with when he visits.

I had so much fun but boy was I tired out yesterday evening and I woke up during the night because my naughty back was misbehaving! All this to say I am a little behind on my card making! This afternoon I got motivated and made two very different cards. One is for my grand daughter’s 7th birthday later this month and the other is the card for today.

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Color Combination

My color combination for this card  is Poppy Parade (ink 147050/ card stock 119793),  Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/ card stock 146990), Whisper White (100730), and Mango Melody (ink 147093/ card stock 146989).

Card Directions

I cut my Poppy Parade (119793) card base at 4 1/4″ X 11″ and scored/folded at 5 1/2″. I cut my Whisper White (100730) card stock layer 4″X 5 1/4″. I dry embossed my Whisper White (100730) layer with my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147906). I love this new embossing folder from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

I die cut the Granny Apple Green (146990)  fence using my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147922). Yes! I got to use my new Take Your Pick Tool (144107) to poke out the sections between the fence posts. This is a great new all-in-one type tool from the Holiday catalog. See my description of this tool from yesterday’s post here.

I stamped the three leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) with Poppy Parade (147050), Mango Melody (147093), and Granny Apple Green (147095) inks.  I cut them out with my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the coordinating die set called Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) .

Assembling the Card

I used Snail Adhesive (104332) generously to attach the Whisper White (100730) embossed layer to the card base. I attached the fence after carefully applying Snail Adhesive (104332) to the fence while laying it wrong side up on release paper or on a silicone craft sheet (127853).

The bottom Poppy Parade leaf is attached with Snail Adhesive (104332). The Mango Melody leaf is attached with Mini Glue Dots (103683). The Granny Apple Green leaf is attached with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

The white Baker’s Twine (124262) was colored using my Mango Melody Stampin’ Write marker (147160) since I did not have any of that color twine. After the twine dried, I tied a bow and attached it using a mini Glue Dot (103683).

My sentiment, “Thinking of You” is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (143726) and is stamped in Mango Melody ink (147093).  I used the Pretty Label Punch (143715) to punch out the sentiment and used Poppy Parade ink (147050) to sponge (141337) the edges of the label. The label was attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

Well that took longer to describe than do! I hope you enjoyed my card for today. If you are looking for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be so please if you would ask me! I am available for questions about products or classes or anything stamping related!

My online shop is available 24/7 here.

Hope you have an awesome day and Happy Stampin’


PS: I am still looking for Stamp Club members. See details here.

Reasons to Hostess a Workshop in September

There are many benefits to host a workshop. I purchased my Stampin’ Write Markers New Color Assortment with the “50% off of one item” I received when I hosted a workshop with over $450 in sales. This is a great way to purchase a larger ticket item! Hosts receive free products too! The amount of free product earned is determined by the amount of sales from the work shop. As long as the sales are over $150, the host will receive a minimum of $15 of free product!

Workshops can be in your home, online, or catalog parties.

In addition to the regular host benefits, in the month of September, Stampin’ Up! has an additional benefit for those workshops with over $250 in sales. You can get free Christmas DSP Called Dashing Along. I have the details listed below.

September Dashing Along DSP Host Promotion Details

  • Promotion period: September 1–30
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $250 (before shipping and handling).
  • One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many qualifying orders can be placed in September.
  • Demonstrator, Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.









Fun Fold Amazing You Thank You Card

Today I have a Fall-themed thank you card made with a Fun Fold and using the Rooted in Nature Bundle and Celebrating You dies. I also give some pointers on attaching thin die cuts using double sided adhesive.

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Hi Friends

Good morning! Hope you are having a wonderful day so far and that it just gets better and better! Fall is very much in the air! The days are shorter and nights are longer. The air is nippy and the trees are already starting to turn here in Western Michigan. the kids are back in school and hopefully you have time to create something special today!

My card for this post has many fall colors to celebrate the change in seasons. I have a fun fold Thank You card for you that is CASED from Lisa Curcio of Lisa’s Stamp Studio design Easy Fun Birthday Card. Check out her blog for a great video on this type of card.

My fall color combination for today is Early Expresso (ink 147114/ card stock 119686), Crumb Cake (ink 147116/ card stock 120953), Crushed Curry (ink 147087/ card stock 131199), Cajun Craze (ink 147085 /card stock 119684), Tangerine Tango (retired)(try substituting Grapefruit Grove card stock 146972), and Very Vanilla (card stock 101650).

My card base is a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of Early Expresso card stock (119686). I cut a 1″ X 7″ strip of Crumb Cake (120953) card stock for the flap and scored and folded it at 1 1/4″. I Cut two 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ strips of Early Expresso color Neutrals 6 X 6 DSP (146967) (Designer’s Series Paper) and one 3″ X 5 1/2″ of another Coordinating Early Expresso Neutrals 6 X 6 DSP (146967). I cut a 3″ X 11″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock (101650)  for the center. I Scored and folded this piece at 5 1/2″. 

Using the Rooted in Nature leaf dies (146341), I cut leaves in Crushed Curry (131199), Tangerine Tango (retired)(possible substitution Grapefruit Grove card stock 146972), and Cajun Craze (119684). I Cut the “amazing” die cut from the Celebrate You Thinlits (146840) using Crushed Curry card stock (131199).

I adhered the larger strip of DSP (146967) to the front of the folded Very Vanilla (101650) section. I put tape on the back of the folded Very Vanilla (101650) section. I taped both the front and back of the 1 1/4″ section of the Crumb Cake (120953) strip. I adhered this portion of the Crumb Cake strip to the back of the Very Vanilla (101650) section on the right lower third so that the larger flap goes over the front of the card. I adhered the thin strips of DSP (146967) to the back (on top of the Crumb Cake strip 120953)) leaving an even strip on the two longest sides of the front of the Very Vanilla (101650) section. I Applied more Snail Adhesive (104332) to the back of the strips and adhere this whole piece to my card base.

I lay the die cut face down on to release paper-like the leftovers after you remove all the Dimensionals or your craft sheet (127853). I used Double-sided tape and carefully applied the tape to the back of “Amazing” die cut while holding the die cut cut down with the tip of my finger. Using a double-sided tape dispenser that is new or just been refilled is very helpful because the tape flows freely.  I applied tape only to the part of Amazing that would be on the Crumb Cake strip. It is Especially important to tape the tip of the “g” to hold that in place. When attaching the Amazing die cut fold back the card so the crumb Cake.

The Crumb Cake Strip tends to pop up so Lisa recommends using a Mini Glue Dot (103683) to hold the strip down. The Mini Glue Dots (103683) are just too sticky and would rip the paper at full strength. So by rolling one around between my two fingers I left an oily residue on the dot. this will make the dot just sticky enough to hold the strip down. I put this slightly sticky dot near where the ‘A” of Amazing is on the Crumb Cake strip. This worked perfectly!

I attached the three center leaves with Snail Adhesive (104332). The two outer leaves are attached near the stems with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108). the Baker’s Twine I used was Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262) that I colored with re-inkers. I mixed many different color including Early Expresso to get the brown of the pictured bow.

I like to make multi-color Baker’s Twine as well as match the different colors using re-inkers. It’s easy! I go over how to do it in my post “Thankful for Fall Leaves” Check it out!

When I do this card again I will make sure there is more contrast between the thin strips of DSP and the top DSP. I feel the striped DSP gets lost in this card. I think maybe using Crushed Curry for the Card Base would have improved this card too! What do you think? I will have to try it and see 🙂

If you try this card please leave me a comment and picture. I would love to see it!

Have an awesome day and Happy Stamping,


A Few Reminders

the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is now live! It is available now at my 24/7 online shop here!

If you would like a copy of the Holiday catalog email me at SunnyLuCards@gmail.com with your name and mailing address

If you are looking for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to be that person.  I truly appreciate when I am the person you place an order with! 

My shop is available 24/7 online here!

Another reminder: If you hostess a workshop during the month of September, you can get a free pack of Christmas paper. Hostess a workshop in your home, by catalog or even online. If you are interested check out this link for more information on hostess benefits and give me a call at 616-490-1731 today to set up a date!

Are you in the West Michigan area? Are you interested in joining a Stamp Club? My plan is to have the Stamp Club meet once a month on the first Friday of the month from 1-4pm. At this meeting members would learn new techniques and make at least 3 cards or 3D projects. 

All 6 members would commit to a 6 month period. Each person would agree to order at least $25 of products each month. Every month one member would be the hostess and would get these hostess benefits. Which would be at least $15 worth of free products. The amount of free products you would earn depends on how much the club members order.

Would this interest you? Do you have any Stamping friends that might join us? Call 616-490-1731 or email me today