• Hamscher Homestead

    SNOW, a kitty and a kitty…

    Tuesday the snow started…. the above photo is from Wednesday morning! We for OVER 24 hours of snow! You bet I was loving it!! You know I was enjoying the snow STILL on Friday! Sat with my coffee, some tunes and a kitty on my lap! However, Penelope sure was not friendly on Thursday morning… ALL the kitties took a trip to the Hamscher Salon. Penelope sure was MAD at me! She did not want to even look at me, left photo. She sure changed her tune later when she was ready for a snack!! Figures, right?? Meet the outdoor kitty… no name yet! He is warming up to the…

  • Home Decor,  In-Colors,  It Started with $1

    March it started with $1

    Here is where this begins… Saw this at the Dollar Tree before Christmas. It had hot pink and bright yellow stripes. BUT the sizing was right. Do you grab stuff, come up with ideas and buy… but they sit on the shelf? YUP, this was one of those!! I wish I could remember where this saying came from!! I would happily give them credit. The left is where I started. The right had more impact. Did you know that the retired Large Letter dies are on the clearance rack?? For LESS then $60! Snag those puppies quick! In addition to those dies, grab what you need of the 2018-2020 In…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    2/29 Coffee and Cards

    Ohhh such fun!! It’s was all about the boxes today!! Put let’s take a second and talk about this stamp set, Beautiful Friendship – 149252. If this doesn’t YELL spring, I don’t know what does! Why?? Flowers! This stamp set is all about the flowers. Five different ones actually. A couple different flower centers and a pair of leaves. Huge bonus is the font used for the beautiful sentiments. We also talked about how the 2018-2020 In-Colors will be leaving us soon! Be sure to order early! You do not want to miss out on getting them. How about some measurements? Box bottom is 8 1/2 x 8 1/2, scoring…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Challenges

    Thoughtful Blooms for a Challenge

    Did someone say treats?? Posting this WAAAAAY earlier, this week! I do not want to miss out! I set a goal for myself for 2020. Every in studio class gets little treats! These little cuties will be for an up and coming class. Whooo knows you might get one if you join us! ANYWAY….. This week for the Global Design Project Challenge it is ALL about color! Which colors… Now where to begin… keeping in mind the Small Bloom punch is a featured item for me this week! Pairing it with the coordinating stamp set, also a FREE item from the current Sale-a-Bration selections. However, which candies?? Of course, Ghirardelli!…

  • Paper Pumpkin

    The cleaning fairy???

    She would have her hands full… if she would show up!! I have asked, begged and even cried for her!! Tonight, I got all caught up working…. Paper Pumpkin Alternatives And ohhhh do I have some good ones!! NOOOO, you will have to check over on Facebook! (Link top of page) Want to get in on the fun… join us with your own next month… here is the link to get yours! This is our preview! Stinkin Cute!! March is Paper Pumpkin’s Birthday. This is a bonus for is because we get the present!! An extra stamp set!! WooHoo! I will keep you posted if the cleaning fairy shows her…

  • Simple Stamping

    Thoughtful Blooms

    Do you follow me on Facebook?? You know that I LOVE snow! But I know not everyone does. Over on Facebook I suggested that we look at things with a different perspective… Let’s use this opportunity to create a White and Grey or Tan card, but add in a pop of color from this photo.. I choose Grapefruit Grove as my pop of color. I also added in a little Garden Green for leaves and twine. Can you see now that I even stamped Whisper White on the Crumb Cake. Head on over to the Facebook page and add your project! It doesn’t even need to be a card… create…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Slow week…

    Good Morning to you! Gabby wanted to say good morning to everyone. She was enjoying the sunshine while we had it! I can be honest with you guys, right?? I did enjoy the peak of “spring” we had over the weekend. Did a couple things outside. Joe fixed the truck, YEAH! Again actually!! Finger crossed it’s all good now. Big Plans are coming… Joe and I even found time to play a few games of scrabble. Three rounds and both parties won. WoooHooo. The only left to do on his long weekend is to get tamales. However we have three days left! Well, plus some more relaxing!! This mess will…

  • Challenges,  Technique

    Small Bloom Punch for a Challenge

    How about a Global Design Project Challenge? The challenge this week … C.A.S.E. the designer! And I love Charlet Mallett’s cards! Always a little extra pretties! Here is her cards. Beautiful, right? What spoke to me is that Small Bloom punch. And the flowers going up the tower! I have been been wanting to try my hand at water colors again, but…. YIKES, the first one sure did NOT turn out! Just tooooooo much water. I share this because there is a learning or relearning curve. Just because you did not get what you wanted on your first or even second try. It does not mean you should not try…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  YouTube video

    2/22 Coffee and Cards

    Pleased as Punch, Again?? I am sorry, but having TOO much fun with this DSP (designer series paper). And besides I have more ideas!! Did you miss the live this morning? Using only the items listed here.. Pleased as Punch DSP 153558 Under My Umbrella bundle 153786 1/2 inch circle punch 119867 Crumb Cake cardstock 120853 Subtles Cardstock 146978 Subtles DSP 149615 Braided Linen thread 147808 Glimmer Paper Rose 146959 Glimmer Paper Sparkle 146957 Glimmer Enamel Dots 146934 FREE: Small Bloom punch 152316, then you can make these…. These were made during the live video. Just like last week, using what you purchased to get the punch. The left a…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Gift set using Pleased as Punch

    A cute bag and coordinating card. Here is a reminder don’t forget there are TWO sides to each piece of DSP. I know and I like the punch out side too! I LOVE this subtle pattern too!! This is the same bag that was used for the Halloween bag done for Coffee and Cards back in October. Using a 6 x 12 piece of DSP-score short side along the top, score at 2 inches. Put long across the top and score at 2 1/4, 5 3/4, 8 and 11 1/2. Fold on all score lines. To close box bottom cut along the score mark in the two inch section. Bag…

  • Team Meeting

    February Team Meeting

    I do love these hard working ladies! This month we had some recognitions! So excited for these ladies! These two have been earned sales recognition several times in the last year! Keeping it up in the new year too! Would you like some recognition for your hard work? We also welcomed a NEW team member this month. Melissa received her Inky Whisper Sister bone folder! But here is my second favorite part! SWAPS! They out did themselves this month for sure. This month they used their favorite product suite from the new mini catalog. LOVING all of these beautiful cards ladies! I am looking forward to our next team meeting!…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    Don’t miss out!

    In case you missed my FB post. Here is the first casualty…. I had fun with these! Shakers, flower centers and ohhhh so much more. ANYWAY, is there something you don’t want to miss out on?? Get me your order ASAP or use the current host code. Looking to get yourself one of these? It requires a $300 purchase or party total. I have a couple dates available to host a party. I would love to talk over your options! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Home Decor,  It Started with $1

    Pleased as PUNCH

    Still having fun with this DSP! This started out as a $1 frame…. hummmm, mid month? I know a bonus! Here is what else you need… Under My Umbrella bundle (153786) punch out the umbrellas 1/2 circle punch (119869) to punch out the flowers And LOTS of dimensionals (mini and regular) Covering the frames is as easy as tracing the frame and cutting it out. Adhere with Multipurpose Glue. Arrange your punched out pieces and do not be afraid to use those partial pieces. Even the little flowers that have a straight line can be used along the heart or edge. A FUN find … the “Hello Sunshine” fits in…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    They are DONE, Snow and buddies

    taxes, Taxes and TAXES They are done and Penelope will be very happy because she NEEDS more attention! Hahaha The big snowflakes covered everything! And yes I enjoyed every bit of it! My coffee was extra fabulous. Enjoying this view! New Friends? Gabby and Penelope right net to each other. The best part NO hissing. You can not see Mooch in the second picture but he is under the blanket and White Sox decided he wanted to lay there too! Fingers crossed that they keep snuggling! I will leave you with funny!! Does this apply to you too?? Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Happy Birthday

    Small Bloom Punch for a WOW

    Did you see the “bag” on page 13 of the Sale-a-Bration catalog?? The one with all the flowers?? Here is my CASE (copy and selectively edit). Well, in a card form. Let me also say from the beginning that I am sorry but that Petal Pink/Whisper White Silver Bakers Twine is retired. SOOO Sorry!! However, here is your question. Which version do you like?? The Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink or the Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody?? Don’t tell Avery, but the Pink version is her Birthday card!! sssshhhhhh!! Guesses on how many flowers?? Actually there are 40 per card. You know you can get your bang for your FREE…

  • Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    2/15 Coffee and Cards

    You can still watch!! Have you seen Coffee and Cards yet?? Today we talking about creating a sample kit. Here is what I picked out.. Whisper White thick cardstock 140272 Brights cardstock pack 146975 (or subtles 146978) Whisper White Bakers Twine 124262 Timeless Tulips Bundle 153793 Under My Umbrella Bundle 153786 Pleased as Punch DSP 153558 Trimmer 152392 Rhinestones Getting all of the above totals exactly $125. But join my team and you only pay $99 and tax. There are many extras too!! Catalogs, business supplies, Paper Pumpkin retired kit and that is just from Stampin’ Up! Now let’s talk about some of the Sale-a-Bration FREEBIES… see the picture at…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  YouTube video

    Candy Wrap Valentine’s-Day 9

    Getting closer! These candy boxes wrapped in cardstock! Using the From My Heart DSP – . In addition to the Heartfelt Bundle some left over hearts from past projects. Along with leftover dyed twine. How did I cover that? Check out the latest QWick and WOW!! video! I will take you through step by step. Please be sure to subscribe and share! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Retreat,  Stamp Camp/class

    Spring Retreat

    I am so excited!! Have your heard!? I have been planning a Retreat.. Spring Poppies Retreat Saturday, March 21, 2020 9 am to 8 pm 301 S Pearl Street, Knox IN ◦ Cost $75 ( add on fancy fold/simple stamping class $20 envelopes included) Here are a few highlights: ⁃ Goodie Bag ($35 value) ⁃ 8 Make n Takes (Cards, sampler, home decor and 3D) ⁃ Pillow gifts ⁃ Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, coffee, tea and water ⁃ 4 foot minimum table space ⁃ Raffle for prizes ⁃ Games Lots of fun planned and this is a great day to chill out get some projects done and have access to some…

  • Holiday cards,  Paper Pumpkin

    From my Heart and Paper Pumpkin – Day 8

    Here is a where Paper Pumpkin meets some beautiful DSP! The stamps are done the Paper Pumpkin. Using the Stamparatus to be sure that the hearts all line up! Then add the Happy Valentine’s Day to the last one. The tag used the scalloped tag topper and triple punch. The DSP is different sizes 1/2, 3/4 and 1 inch. Try the different pattern together to get the look that you like. Top it with twine, like this or use some ribbon. No Bling is necessary because the DSP has a foil look on one side. AND you can use this tag for a gift, flowers or even a pretty box!…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Baking and Kitties

    Found what I thought would be a pretty good recipe! AND OHHHH BOY!! It sure was. Poor Gabby she really wanted to try some too!! I can not make this too often because it has 3 sticks of butter. But soooo worth it! One sleepy boy (Mr Bigglesworth) and one of the Snoopervisors (Penelope). She was following me around all day. Apparently Paula did not talk with her enough! Poor Penelope all she wanted was a few pets! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Paper Pumpkin

    February Paper Pumpkin

    One last day left!! Do you want to check out this kit?? I can say I am sure it will be a GREAT one!! The will be full sized cards! Who doesn’t need birthday cards?? Then it also coordinates with a FREE stamp set from Sale-a-Bration? WooooHoooo! Here is the link!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!! here is your sneak peek!

  • Coffee and Cards,  Holiday cards,  Technique

    2/8 Coffee and Cards-Day 7

    Alternative colors?? Purple Posy and Rococo Rose with Soft Suede are the two that we did for the Live. Dontcha love that Gingham DSP?? Available in EVERY color!! Anyway, grab your 1/8 inch circle punch (retired) and the Heartfelt Bundle – 153885. Sprinkle in a stamp from the Strong & Beautiful -147732 too! There is a very subtle heart that is stamped along the bottoms of each Soft Suede layer. We talked on the live about using the Stamparatus – 146276. I tried this after and here is how it looked.. Just too close together! And if you moved down more than one just not close enough. I did want…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags

    6 of 10 Days of Love

    Do you give little treats?? I give my sweetie and kids treats, but how about the nieces and nephews? I think this would be PERFECT!! Using a 6 x 8 piece of DSP and a few scores and cuts. DONE! This From My Heart – 151189 DSP is in the 2020 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog. The coordinating Heartfelt Bundle – 153775 (or the From My Heart Suite -153931) including two heart punches that layer together. The plain heart above is Vellum – 101856. The sentiment is stamped with you guessed, Real Red! Be sure to let it dry completely!! The layered little hearts are leftovers from Coffee and Cards. You know…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    Love coordinating items??

    Have you gotten any of the following Stamp Sets: Positive Thoughts Special Someone Little Lady Bugs Sending You Thoughts Happy Birthday to You Now you have dies to go with those sets!! Limited time, YES!! While supplies last, YES!! The Pleased As Punch DSP (designer series paper) coordinates with the following punches.. Heart Punch Pack Tulip Builder Builder Umbrella Small Bloom DANG, do you need more ideas on what to get?? I can not wait for my next order to get here!! Can not wait… please use the current host ZEWUPNTY! HAPPY SHOPPING!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Holiday cards

    Woodland, Well Written and Love… Day 5

    Are you in need of a different color?? After all that Real Red, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo, I know I am. ANNND you knew that there would be a purple Valentine in here somewhere!! Besides we love a good alternative!! I am however, having a tough time getting away from those cute little hearts!! I do promise though no spritzer!! haha I did check on the Woodland Embossing folder the other day. I still have my original one. It is not available in the new style, YET!! I will keep you posted when that comes available. Fingers crossed SOON!! How are you enjoying our 10 days of Valentines?? Have…

  • Holiday cards

    Day 4 of Valentines – Heartfelt – create your own DSP

    Fun idea today… Let’s make our own DSP (designer series paper). Here are the Ink colors…. Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink and Crumb Cake. Using the Heartfelt stamp set (151417 B-153775) and the largest image first, general rule. Keep in mind that you have a sentiment layer to add over the “DSP”. We used only a 4 x 5 1/4 inch pieces, but you could make a whole sheet and then make up several cards. In other words spread some more love!! Now, you know I did not think about this, of course, until just now that Happy Valentines needs some Shimmer Spritzer on it, hummm!! ANYWAY, the layering…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Critter Highway

    I am not sure I have seen sooooooo many different tracks before on our property. Walks have been interesting these days. No sun, but lots to look at!! Round and round the edge of our property I go.. and the beauty does NOT escape me!! No matter sunny or cloudy. No matter snow or brown. There is always something new each day. Perfect example… Last night, waking up in the middle of the night. I looked out the bathroom window to see a doe munching on “grass” under the outside light. It had to be 2:30 in the morning. I wanted to get a picture, but was not that coherent.…

  • Holiday cards,  Love it, Chop it

    Heartfelt and Busy… Day 3

    What do you do with scraps?? Well, you make tags of course!! After doing some class cutting, the scraps were kinda piling up… YIKES!! I know mixing patterns is not for everyone, but With 1/2 inch, 3/4 and 1 inch strips… Pick your favorites, trim the bottoms and add some twine. This tag could be used for a card like this, duhh. Or just on a gift, flowers maybe?? Whatever you need it for. I hope you have an AMAZING week! Thank you for joining me today! Hug and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!