• Hamscher Homestead

    More for Fall, but Mother Nature had other ideas…

    Remember the post several weeks back when I was using the miter saw? This is one of the new additions to my decor. I look forward to changing it with all the seasons. However, Mother Nature is having other ideas… Today, the cold front and snow arrived. Happy it was today rather then later this week!! The Homestead has several trees that are still Green. This one is the Cleveland Pear, and I am sure that it will change color now. Even the poor Turkeys were scratching for food. Meanwhile, White Sox is on antibiotics and this was at the vet. Not happy to be there, can you imagine?? Poor…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coloring

    Swaps, coloring and more…

    Have you seen the Hoot Hoot Hooray (149352) stamp set? I have been working on some coloring with this set. Yes, with the Stampin’ Blends! Still a ton more to do! Sorry I can not share just yet! I am excited just a few more days and we leave for OnStage. What is OnStage you ask?? Stampin’ Up! has several events each year and off to Lansing for this next one! I would love to have you join me for the next one!! How?? Join my team and let the crafty fun begin!! The bonus is that the events are full of SOO MUCH energy! The anticipation is starting to…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    Itty Bitty Birthday for a Challenge

    More birthday cards for my stash! Hey, let’s think about this for a minute… 365 days in a year. Yup, I will be making 365 plus cards, but most importantly SENDING them! ANYWAY, The Global Design Project has a fun sketch this week. Using this sketch for my two new birthday cards. Coffee and Cards was exciting this morning, because one of my brothers stopped in. I am grateful for his help. He is the one that downloads my FB lives for me. Thank you Brad! Check out the live! In addition to adding the leaves, you see that there is a knot on the sentiment. But let’s talk DSP.…

  • Happy Birthday

    Perennial Essence for a Birthday.

    Have you started setting goals for the upcoming year?? I have been working on a few things… Sending birthday cards! To all of my friends and family. So if I do not have your birthday and address information. Focusing on getting information out to my customers in a more timely fashion. (i.e. class schedules, events and even sales) Ask me about events in January… The schedule is in print. Helping more folks find a hobby/craft! I KNEW that I was not crafty, BUT ohhh was I wrong! I would love to help you and Stampin’ Up! helps to make it even easier! And as ALWAYS get more organized!! Phew, this…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  YouTube video

    Come to Gather for Thanksgiving.

    YES, you still have time to get these items!! Do you remember the Making Party sneak peak I gave a while ago?? This one is a different take on the one with the Harvest Hellos pumpkin. Do you do fancy for Thanksgiving?? In our BIG family (like 25-30) we do buffet for food set up, but we do gather at the table, well several! I need to talk with my sister so that maybe I can make these, for the adults anyway. A video is always fun, right?? Here is what you will need in case the numbers go by too fast in the video.. Gather Together Bundle – 153036…

  • Craft Room

    Ordered recently??

    If you have ordered recently, then I have your orders here. Some from the Flash Sale, the last In-Color Club and YES, the Christmas Countdown Kits have arrived!! I will be contacting you about arranging pickups and/or drop offs. However, if you want/need to visit, I am here in the crafty room lonely!! With the Winter Sampler this weekend, I know that some of you will be here for that, I will have your items waiting for you. Happy Thursday!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Stamp Camp/class,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Did you know…

    That as of November 1 that you can now order the NEW and AMAZING trimmer (152392)?? You can add this with any order online using the Host Code ====>>>> Or in person TODAY! This amazing Suite just arrived on the 1st too. BUT this one is a while supplies last! Hurry and get amazing group of products! The suite bundle (153947) Stamps, Dies, DSP embellishments, ribbon and a Bracelet. All for $112.50. I am sure you are drooling over the samples! You still have time to get this AND make Christmas Cards!! As always ANY questions contact me! Need help putting in your first order, I can help make sure…

  • Fairs / Events,  Hamscher Homestead,  Home Decor

    Closets, Fairs and Fall

    Last week started kinda slow, but with Joe’s long weekend coming up and moving day creeping in I hope. The closet was all my job. I had the task of figuring out how to put it back. The old way just did not make sense to me! However, I did not want to purchase too much more! Adding one and moving the line of shelves what my first attempt. Making more for dresses and another place to pile things. Ta-DUH!! Joe and I picked up blinds, curtains, new small lamps and even new curtain rods. Although we still need to get trim. With the cooler weather here there are a…

  • Challenges,  In-Colors

    Challenge GDP#213 To Every Season

    Hummm, Can you tell what the challenge is this week?? haha. You got it, a color challenge. Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick and Smoky Slate is the combination. I could have easily went with a Christmas card, but… Nope, you know me, I like to make a challenge a true challenge. Although Fall really was not a huge stretch either. I was even thinking of doing a sympathy card but not with Lovely Lipstick. I guess I am old school, no red for sympathy. Have you gotten the To Every Season (150531)?? Not yet?? why not? This stamp set is a Bundle (153051) too!! I am loving the little punches. That…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #6 Birds of a Feather

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses the Birds of a Feather stamp set (150571). Add a couple punches and do some coloring… PERFECT!! Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Birds of a Feather 2″ Circle punch Whisper White cardstock Cherry Cobbler cardstock Daffodil Delight cardstock Memento ink 2 1/4 Circle punch Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blends Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends All that together for a total of $111.51 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $25 Add on #2 Stamp set and 2 “Circle punch ($5 off Class fee) However, order the Stamparatus…

  • Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #5 Peaceful Boughs

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses all parts from the Peaceful Boughs Bundle (153033). The extra Square cut from Stitched Shapes die (145372). And the sparkle comes from the Metallic-Edge Ribbon- Silver (144213). Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Peaceful Boughs stamp set Beautiful Boughs dies Metallic-Edge Ribbon Thick Whisper White cardstock Shaded Spruce cardstock Shaded Spruce ink Stitched Shapes dies All that together for a total of $127.80 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $27 Add on #2 Stamp set, dies and ribbon $69 ($5 off Class fee) However, order the Stamparatus…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #4 Christmas Gleaming

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses all parts from the Christmas Gleaming Bundle (153006). A few Red Rhinestone Accents (146924) and the Reversible Ribbon (149496). Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Christmas Gleaming stamp set Gleaming Ornaments punch pack Reversible Ribbon Thick Very Vanilla cardstock Crumb Cake cardstock Old Olive ink Early Espresso ink Cherry Cobbler light Stampin’ Blends Old Olive Light and Dark Stampin Blends Champagne Shimmer paint Red Rhinestones All that together for a total of $138.21 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp and Punches $58 Add on #2 Stamp set, punches…

  • Holiday cards,  Simple Stamping,  Stamp Camp/class,  Technique

    #3 Toile Christmas

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses all parts from the Toile Christmas Bundle (152367) then add a simple Linen Thread (104199) Bow. The Rhinestones (144220) only add to the shimmer of the Wink of Stella (141897) that was used to color the cardinal. Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Toile Christmas stamp set Christmas Cardinal Dies Linen Thread Cherry Cobbler cardstock Whisper White cardstock Cherry Cobbler ink Crumb Cake ink Wink of Stella Rhinestones All that together for a total of $118.73 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $28 Add on #2 Stamp…

  • Home Decor,  Stamp Camp/class

    Beautiful Boughs Winter Sampler

    Here is your reminder that Sign up ends for this beautiful home decor item on Friday, November 1 (fee due also). Here is what you get for your $30 PDF instructions 1/2 Pack of Toile Tidings DSP Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots Linen Thread You can add on The Peaceful Boughs Bundle for an additional $61. If you need a new picture frame that will be an additional $10. Wanting this as a class to go, your only extra is shipping. Are you looking for just the PDF instructions? $15. I look forward to seeing how your versions turn out!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    A floor, more color and shhh

    Finally nearing the end of this remodel journey… a temporary floor has been glued down. Yes, it is dusty, but Swiffer to the rescue. The kitties have been enjoying the sunlight in here. If you look VERY close you can see a dark green bouncy ball in the far end of the floor (kitty toy). Joe, wants to move back in this next week. Fingers crossed because the closet needs to be put back in, new blinds on the windows and trim. I will keep you posted!! haha Remember last weeks tree?? This Sugar Maple is just enjoying the change and so are we!! The temperature is going to shift…

  • Challenges,  Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Technique

    Wonderfully Wicked for a Challenge

    This week’s Global Design Project is a CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) Manuela’s card uses stars. But the spiders were too cute not to use. Did you know that you could add more sparkle to the Shimmery Crystal Effects (150892)? Yes, you can with the Stampin’ Glitter Dazzling Diamonds (133751). Apply when still wet and let dry. I can tell you that you will not miss that SHINY spider… I hear you asking… how did I get the “WICKED” colors like that… You will need Thick Whisper White cardstock (140272), Highland Heather Ink pad (147103) and Granny Apple Green Ink pad (147095). Also, you will want to put something under…

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

    10/26 Coffee and Cards Monster Bash Style

    Wasn’t Coffee and Cards fun today?? Did you miss out on how to make these cuties?? Well you only need a few things…. Monster Bash (150447) DSP, Wonderfully Wicked (b-153041 s-150547), Everyday Label (144668) punch and ribbon of you choice. Now all decorated and ready for goodies… From left to right.. That was the “bag” from the video that still needed decoration. The middle, our work of art. Lastly, the other half left over. All a little different but all ready for giving. I have a few special ghouls that will be getting these, now to make a few more… Thank you for helping and I enjoying our time together,…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    #2 Rooted in Nature

    Here is the second of 6 for the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. This card uses the Evergreens in the Rooted in Nature (148217) after that add in Magnolia Lane Combo ribbon(149485). The “Merry Christmas” is from the Perfectly Plaid (b-151143) Stamp set. Here is the Ultimate Add On will work: Rooted in Nature Stamp Set Nature’s Roots Dies Magnolia Lane Combo Ribbon Crumb Cake cardstock Mossy Meadow cardstock Very Vanilla Cardstock Mossy Meadow Ink All together for a total of $135.91 and the camp is no charge. Add on #1 is Stamp set $49 Add on #2 is Stamp set and dies $95 (45 off class fee) However, order the Stamparatus ($57.67)…

  • Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #1 Perfectly Plaid

    Here is the first of 6 for the 2019 Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. This Card uses all parts from the Perfectly Plaid Bundle (151143) then add in the Wrapped in Plaid DSP (149596). With this choice it includes a 1/2 pack of the DSP. So, NO not all of your cards will be EXACTLY the same. Here is how the Ultimate Add on will work… Perfectly Plaid Bundle Wrapped in Plaid DSP Night of Navy cardstock Cherry Cobbler cardstock Whisper White cardstock Night of Navy Ink Metallic Pearls All that together for a total of $94.91 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp and Punch only is $37 Add…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Too much to list…

    I worked into the night to get the second coat of paint on the walls. I love how it turned out… Joe had his short weekend this time so no real work has happened because the floor is next. Been working on the prep work, fingers crossed that we can go and get what we need on Thursday! Cooler temperatures bring some yummy food. However we had to tag team this one. Joe makes the best Sausage Gravy EVER!! And if I say so myself those biscuits turned out AWESOME! With yummy leftovers too! It was a SUPER windy day here… and ohhh did it rain. Thankful that the Sugar…

  • Challenges

    Brightly Gleaming for our Challenge card

    This week’s Global Design Project was perfect!! I do not plan a lot of anniversary cards, but they are soooo important. I always make one for my hubby! For our wedding anniversary and we still celebrate our first date anniversary. I know of two anniversaries coming up, so they will each get one of these. The Brightly Gleaming DSP (150429) is perfect for winter birthdays or anniversaries. Accented Blooms (146681) has a sentiment that I love, “Big ways, Small ways, I love you always”. This is truly was we should celebrate every day together. Remember the small ways! Thank you to the Global Design Project Team for great inspirations! Good…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Fairs / Events

    On location

    Coffee and Cards will be on location at 10:30 this morning!! I will be heading out early to set up for the craft fair. I would love for you to stop by the Portage Boys and Girls Club, 5895 Evergreen Av in Porter, IN. They are raising money for 500 turkeys. WOOOOOHOOOO! But I have plans for some fun and super exciting news so you will want to at least join me at 10:30 am on the FB page. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Fairs / Events,  Team Meeting

    October – Inky Whisper Sisters

    Almost forgot to take pictures at the Team Meeting. Phew, we were busy… Swaps, training and lots of laughs. Ohhh, I made warm chocolate chip cookies too. YUMMMM Planning for the craft fairs coming up… want to see what is going on?? Check my schedule next week to get the whole scoop. This weekend I will be out in Portage to help the Boys and Girls club reach a goal of 500 Turkeys. Stop by the Portage Boys & Girls Club 5895 Evergreen Avenue, Portage, Indiana. Stop by and help make a difference! Want some more information?? Check out the Facebook event… Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    I am sorry…

    Hello Everyone… I spent the day in a different kind of crafty mode. Starting last night with the first coat on the ceiling. Continuing this morning with the second coat. The directions give a two hour dry time, BUT… I immediately headed back in the closet to keep moving. Did not finish the second coat until almost 11. My hand hurts, darn Carpal tunnel, so off to bed I go, after feeding the four legged critters. Good Night, Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coloring

    Colorful Seasons for more Thankful greetings

    Using a technique that I showed you back on the Waterfront Watercolor Card to stamp the leaves. Using the watercolor technique to stamp the leaves. I used the coordinating leaf die found in the Seasonal Layers (143751). Colors used to create the leaves, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and So Saffron. Kaitlyn and I created the left card first. All the while trying to pick the best sentiment. Country Home (147678) has the “simply thankful…”, while the Painted Harvest (144783) had the “I am thankful…”. Dare I add that the card on the right was all the “extra” leaves. I see a beautiful fall day, sun beginning to set, and my…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Took a break from the Dust..

    Things are moving along… the last of the patches made… Mud filled all the spots. Then comes the BIG mess!! The Sanding!! Can I just say, YUK! Joe was careful and blocked the door, it is still just EVERYWHERE!! I am happy to report though.. the sanding today was completed, the floor damp mopped. Next, comes primer. Put a coat of primer on the new drywall. Tomorrow the WHOLE room. EXCITING!! Finally needing a break. A text was sent, plans made. Where did we go?? Duh!! Pizza of course! Thankful to them for joining us and having fun with us! But back to work! Hugs and Have a Great Day…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Pumpkin Harvest in the Truck

    I needed a few treat holders. What to use?? You guessed, my pickup truck, haha. Just big enough for a fun size treat. Perfect to haul your pumpkins AND candy. How about letting you in on a secret?? I made a video for this one too. With a few fun ideas and even a technique…. However, here are a few things to know… You will want to use Multipurpose glue, stamp first then assemble, be patient and try. In addition to this Happy Harvest it could also say.. happy birthday with some balloons. Need a reminder?? Check this post… I wish that I would have thought to use the black…