• Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Holiday cards,  sneak peek

    Give Thanks with Harvest Hellos

    Here is a sneak peak of one of the Making Party projects. When you pick Fall, Harvest Hellos Stamp set and punch bundle (153037) will be what you will be using. Sooo Cute!! Missed yesterdays post about the Making Parties?? Check it out here. The Kraft Pillow Boxes (147018), Polka Dot Ribbon (146912) and Textile Ribbon (149480) are in the BIG book. But how cute would this be on your Thanksgiving table? Or a small gift to a friend to thank them for something nice that was done. Similarly, I would give this to my sister for hosting Thanksgiving. Additionally the DSP used is from the Come to Gather pack…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Holiday cards,  Home Decor,  Paper Pumpkin,  Stamp Camp/class

    Am I looking for you??

    With the New Holiday catalog live… I wanted to be sure to share the possible parties we could have!! Pick a kit!! There are THREE all inclusive kits in the annual catalog, ($27-$35 plus shipping and tax up front cost per person) Paper Pumpkin Party, Have a group sign up for Paper Pumpkin and we get together to make the kit. Plus a bonus alternative idea! Making Party, Pick a holiday, Halloween, Fall or Christmas. We will make 10-12 (depending on the holiday) 3D gifts. Using DSP (designer series paper) which you will have extra to take home. (BONUS, host gets stamp set for free with 12 people. $10-$12 up…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Construction and Misc

    Good Morning!! White Sox apparently was needing attention this morning. I woke up wrapped up with legs. hahaha The other day, Joe and I went to Culver for a pizza fix and not too far from the lake we saw two deer. After that, this was the ending of a beautiful day of lumber getting and all that stuff. However, we are back to reality! Insulation removed, painted and replaced, now new sub flooring. We still need to go back to the get drywall, primer, paint and flooring. Enough messing around, back to work!! Hugs, Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Love it, Chop it

    Many Thanks – Perennial Essence

    Let’s talk a little more about this DSP. The 12 x 12 pack could go both masculine or feminine, also flowery or not. I sure hope that I have showed you how beautiful and versatile the Perennial Essence Suite (pg 107 AC – 152166) can actually be! As you know, I love to carry small 3 x 3 cards in my purse. Need to restock so here are the perfect ones to use! Adding to the Suite of products, the Itty Bitty Greetings (146667). It has about EVERY holiday/event you would need a sentiment. The leaf punch (144667) is also an add. Taking a closer look at each card. Going…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coffee and Cards,  Simple Stamping

    9/14 Coffee and Cards

    Coffee and Cards this week we are still working with the Perennial Essence Suite (152166). Today though we are working with just the leaves. There are two different types of leaves. Lets take a closer look…. I started with was the middle card this week. Punches, and a pretty edge. Do you see the Stitched Shapes die (145372)? Adding that to the second and third card holding the sentiment. First up, stamp, ink and paper. I sponged the separate sentiment piece so that it would POP! Keeping with the power of 3, like last week, leaves, ribbon and embellishments were added. The Braided Linen Trim (147808) is shown “pulled” apart,…

  • Challenges,  In-Colors,  YouTube video

    Rococo Rose Perennial Essence Flower for GDP Challenge

    With the rain and humid weather, I know I am not the only one that needs some prettiness! So, how about a “how to” for the Global Design Project sketch challenge. Cute sketch right?? Let’s see what we can do with it. I would like to teach you how I made the flower. And you know what?? It is so much easier if I just show you…. How about a YouTube video? Here are the supplies you will need: Floral Essence Stamp Set (149450 Suite 152166) Perennial Essence Punch (149522 bundle 151055) Stitched Shapes Dies (145372) Perennial Essence Floral Centers (149442) Scalloped Linen Ribbon (149704) Stampin Pierce Mat (126199) Take…

  • Love it, Chop it

    Sending Prayers ..Perennial Essence

    Today is all about the paper! This DSP (149100) is more like a Monet painting, water lilies and flower gardens. Wanting to keep this sympathy card simple and showcase the amazing paper! Ohhh and let us not forget that RIBBON (149441)! In addition to all that AMAZING paper the “Sending Prayers” sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings (146667). Did you miss the scalloped edge on our layer?? That is one from the Stitched Be Mine dies (148527). I was super excited to find the die MUCH longer then I needed for a card front. Well, I know my friend will like the love that is wrapped inside this card.…

  • Fancy Fold,  Simple Stamping

    Floral Essence Fun Fold

    I love this card! It is funny when you see a stamp set, love it and then…. YIKES, How do I use it?? Have you ever done that?? For a while… that was what happened with this stamp set. The Floral Essence Suite (pg 107 152166) has DSP and Vellum, Ribbon and flower centers… along with a punch and stamp set. Sounds perfect, right?? Yup, but just was not clicking … until this card!! This easy fun fold card, could be used with several different kinds of stamps, not just flowers!! (I am sure you will see it again!) I tried to get the name of the fold, and searched…

  • Challenges,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    September tidbits

    Here is what is included in this sale… time to stock up! 149100 166 PERENNIAL ESSENCE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149443 166 SEE A SILHOUETTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149481 167 COME SAIL AWAY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149484 165 MAGNOLIA LANE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149488 165 GARDEN LANE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149489 165 FOLLOW YOUR ART DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149497 165 WOVEN THREADS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149589 166 DINOROAR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149592 166 BIRD BALLAD DESIGNER SERIES PAPER $11.50 usd/$15.75 cad 149500 167 PRESSED PETALS SPECIALTY DESIGNER…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    It is just a MESS!!

    Well, where do I begin?? Joe, thankfully, found a water issue before it was a HUGE problem! He and I have been cleaning up and drying things out. Moved the whole bedroom upstairs. Clothes and all! You do not realize how going up and down stairs gives you a great work out. In other words, I am exhausted and in need of sweets/chocolate. Today’s post will be short and with NO pictures. However as things progress and move along I will be sure to share. I am super excited though because a master bedroom make over I will be getting!! WooooHOOOO!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Happy Birthday,  In-Colors

    Littles with Come to Gather

    Lastly on the Come to Gather week long adventure… is my FAVORITE sheet of DSP. Yes, I do love me some gingham, and this one reminds me of one of my hubbies shirts. Crazy?? yes, but true. With 12 different patterns, this is the one I pick. This DSP pack is part of the paper share and the Come to Gather (150454) pack is in the 2019 Holiday catalog. That leaf is from Tags & Feathers Elements (150455), and has a second leaf, larger, plus that AWESOME “log” piece. How about a “backpack” for a cute note?? In addition, to the DSP this cutie uses the largest of the Stitched…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    9/7 Coffee and Cards w/ a Challenge

    Today’s Coffee and Cards did double duty…. Continuing the fun with the Come to Gather Suite (153484) AND a challenge for the Global Design Project. I would call this an “alternative”. Although we are using the dies and stamps, the theme is more fall, but not today! Here is where the colors come from… YES, this week is a color challenge. The DSP for a leaf is taking the “alternative” one step further. I LOVE using DSP as leaves, even flower petals… fun patterns and the different looks that you get is soo pretty. After that you can use DSP anywhere! And for anything! Here is where you come in,…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  In-Colors,  Love it, Chop it,  YouTube video

    Gift Box-Come to Gather

    This cutie uses almost the whole suite from Come to Gather (153484). Can not find the sentiment, well it is” Season of THANKS” using just a Marvelous Marker (147154) Here is the measurements for the box and lid.. 5 x 6 piece of your choice of DSP and a coordinating piece that is 1 1/2 x 4. But here are your scores: 5″ at the top … 1 1/4 (Note: watch your patterns) 6″ at the top… 1 1/2 6 ” at the top… 2 3/4 6″ at the top… 4 1/4 6″ at the top… 5 1/2 I hope you are loving these fun videos lately!! I sure at…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  In-Colors,  Love it, Chop it

    Gift Tag-Come to Gather

    Remember the Butterfly tags?? This is the same size 3 x 4 1/4. Using the Stamps, Dies and of course that DSP. The Burlap Ribbon was cut apart and use as the vines stems. I wanted to coordinate and also highlight the different colors used in this pumpkin pattern. I know, I know, Mint Macaron Pumpkins are very unusual. So are Soft Sea Foam ones, but why not?? I do want to draw your attention to the sentiment. This is one stamp, one verse that is easy to cut up into these three pieces. Also, notice that the double pumpkin set as been split up. I bet, you can not…

  • In-Colors

    Come to Gather Suite

    After working on the Fall Sampler, I decided to have some fun with the bits and pieces. As you can see, I had more then a little fun.. So you have your catalog on page 47, the Come to Gather Suite (153484). Using SIX different pieces of the DSP for this card. Remember, bits and pieces. The stamp set has a the splatters and the “Gather Together” sentiment. The dies have three different leaves. All different sizes. And take a closer look, see the texture.. they are also embossed. All with just one run of the die machine. Next, is the ribbon combination. Why not?? it is a set after…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    Today it is Live….

    I know my list is long…. How about yours?? What?? You need a catalog?? Why have you not contacted me… I will mail you one!! How about we have coffee?? Call me!! Do not forget about the Paper, Ribbon and Embellishment shares… just click the events tag! I will be putting an order in this weekend, if you have a small order. Or if you want to have it shipped to you direct, please us the Host Code. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Happy Labor Day

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The hubby worked so, I was left to play in the craft room. Hummm, that is a great way to spend the weekend. Even the chickens had the run of the place. I have to admit it is fun to watch them run around, talk to each other and have snacks, haha. Okay, I know the left picture seems weird and dark, but … this is as close as White Sox and Mr. Bigglesworth have been together for any kind of time. I was ready for bed and they all had full tummies. On the right, sister was upset because dad went to…

  • Sampler,  Stamp Camp/class

    Fall Sampler 2019

    Here is our next Sampler event… Saturday, September 21 at noon central time. Want all the specifics here is the full event information. I know I love it… I hope you do too! Finally let’s talk about the financial stuff… Money is due by Friday, September 13. The add on items are also in the event. Trust me, when I tell you, This is a must have for all your fall needs! Questions, contact me email, message or call. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coffee and Cards

    8/31 Coffee and Cards

    A lot was covered on Coffee and Cards this morning. Phew, All the share information, some views of the new DSP and beautiful ribbons too. The cards were part of a swap with some other Demonstrators. Some of the beautiful ideas that is for sure! In addition to all that, Lets talk about these cute thank you cards! This Love What you Do (148042) stamp set always surprises me! Simple and easy to stamp with… never disappoints either! Pick your favorite colors and add some linen thread. It is really as easy as that. After that, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz complete the card. Ohh, yeah you can check everything…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Technique Tuesday,  YouTube video

    8/24 Coffee and Cards

    For Coffee and Cards this week, it was about the Marvelous Markers vs. Stampin’ Blends AND Memento vs StazOn. Are you wondering about this too?? Then this is the episode you will want to watch!! However, let us talk about the above cards.. these are the results of us figuring out which goes with what… Confused?? Here is where we started, Marvelous Markers.. they are just like using your colored ink pads.. you can “color” the stamp and then da-duh! Next was water color paper and the aqua painter… It was decided that StazOn was the black of choice, unless you wanted a more no line look like this. Lastly,…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coffee and Cards

    Coffee and Cards 8/10 Magnolia Lane

    It is no secret, I love black and white cards. Join a replay of Coffee and Cards on Facebook. Not only will you get all the information. Also, the tips and get the how too, on that birthday sentiment. Two different looks with mostly all the same “stuff.” Starting with a stamp, ink and paper card. The Magnolia Lane and all the goodies in the suite (152178). Although the focus was just on the flower you can check past posts for a week of ideas. Just Whisper White and Black for the Thinking of You … the sparkle is the Glittered Organza Ribbon (147897) Continuing, to the second card and…

  • Coffee and Cards,  No Stamping??

    Memories and More 8/3

    This week’s Coffee and Cards featured NO STAMPING… yup, that is correct. No ink was used. Am I scaring you?? No worries, dontcha love how they turned out? However, there was one that was NOT cooperating.. but I did get it figured out! You need to try the Memories and More Card Pack (149554), the last card used uses the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories and More cards and envelopes (149487). The three took all of 30 minutes to design and create… The trouble was this Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897). During the video I could not figure out how to add it, BUT… the idea hit afterwards of course! View…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Coloring

    Coffee and Cards 7/27

    Saturday on Coffee and Cards, we worked on the above two cards… Do you have the It Starts with Art (149303) set?? It is funny you get a stamp set and you have to play with it! This one has extras too!! That embellishment kits (149491) has a TON of fun stuff inside!! Including, felt pieces, bakers twine, small paper clips and some fun trinkets. First, was this card. Pulling out the Stampin’ Blends and coloring is always like a trip to the tent as a kid, right?? Including the felt pieces and rhinestones gave it the final touch. However, what did I do to the center piece?? You know…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  Coloring

    Coffee and Cards 7/20 Challenge card

    With getting ready for the BOGO sale I decided to work smarter… Coffee and Cards 7/20 is also the Global Design Project Challenge card.. Soooo, for Challenge #198 it is a sketch… And as always your interpretation…. the fun part is that you guys got to help… which is also, the fun part of Coffee and Cards, right?? AND, also why we have to different color choices. Would love for you to check the video and remember to #replay so I know you stopped in. Now back to the challenge!! haha You know that I would start with a Purple…. well, that is kinda a given. Sorry, maybe I need…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    Beauty Abounds for Coffee and Cards 7/6

    Super busy Coffee and Cards today, PHEW…. Had fun playing with this set, pretty much for the first time!! Beauty Abounds (148726) and the coordinating Butterfly Beauty Die set (148536). If I were to be honest, I need those thanks cards… my purse was almost empty!! Vellum Butterflies on all five cards!! WooooHOOO!! A very happy heart for this girl! Wait?? You did not know that you could get vellum in colors, yet?? Sure, Perennial Essence (149101) in 12 x 12 too! There are three colors included, Petal Pink, Old Olive and So Saffron. Also, added white vellum (101856) only because I ran outta colors, haha. Using just a piece…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Simple Stamping

    6/29 Coffee and Cards – Garden Lane

    There was a lot of fun to be had on today’s Coffee and Cards! We talked about the Garden Lane suite (152450) and how YOU can use it for so many different cards! Birthday Sympathy Wedding Thinking of You Thank You The “You are Wonderful” card is a C.A.S.E. the catalog card. Not sure what CASE means?? Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit are the two that I know…. either way. Check out page 40 of the annual catalog you will see where ours came from! Our beginner card using Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Vellum and DSP (designer series paper). Here is your reminder…. You are Wonderful,…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique Tuesday

    Pressed Petal Coffee and Cards 6/22

    We missed you at Coffee and Cards 6/22, want to catch the replay? Here is your link… My mom was a helper this morning. It was fun! Working with the Pressed Petal DSP (149500) and how easy these cards came together! Here are some particulars… All three cards use the same paper pack, this one also has a sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp set (148732). Wondering where that ribbon came from?? That is the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, dyed with Mossy Meadow (133651) ink refill. Using the same Mossy Meadow Flax ribbon, this 3 x 3 is super quick, a 2 3/4 by 2 3/4 DSP piece, a…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Simple Stamping

    Coffee and Cards 6/15

    This week we played with the Whisper White narrow note cards (145583) & envelopes along with the Rooted in Nature (146482) coordinating dies Nature’s Roots (146341). Do you struggle with small cards for your gift bags?? or are you a gift wrapper?? haha. funny right?? I hardly ever wrap anymore. I love that the bags are recyclable!! First was our beginner card. Stamp, Ink and Paper. Note.. the two different tree images… Check out the video for the techniques. Ink Colors are Crumb Cake (147116), Granny Apple Green (147095) and Soft Suede (147115), Our stepped up card, we added the dies and Timeless Label (149516) punch to the mix. All…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors,  Simple Stamping

    6/8 Coffee and Cards

    Phew, it was a busy Coffee and Cards this week. We fit in 3 full cards. I would say on the simple stamping side of things. And using scraps and pieces. Have you fallen in love with the Daisy Lane (bundle-151118 stamp-149325) stamp set yet?? Well, that was what we worked with this week. The font on the sentiments are easy to read and so very pretty!! The first card we made was this one with all the 3/4 inch strips. They were all left over sections that wanted a new life. Mixing them all together making this cute and simple “Smile” cards. Can you figure out how the sentiment…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Fairs / Events,  Kits,  sneak peek

    On location…

    Coffee and Cards was out on location yesterday, Saturday. Thank you again to Sugar Shack Bakery and the Daily Grind. Had fun, great coffee and a slight wobble of the camera. Wonder what I am talking about here is your 6/1 Link … Did you hear Paula <gasp> at no stamping?? I sure did, all the way in Plymouth!! The cards are so easy, fun and cheerful!! Both the Happiness Bloom (148531) and the Big Plans (146863) Memories and More Card Packs are still available, and make some fun and cute cards with your cardstock or even the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes (145583). Even decorating your envelopes…