• Paper Pumpkin

    May 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

    Get your kit here!! I know you want to join in the fun next month!! When you get your kit we can make projects together!! It really is a lot of fun. For the above alternatives we used two of the card bases cut them up to make even more cards!! Confused?? I am sorry, check out the live here. How did we do it?? We took on card base and cut the Just Jade pattern off. Took the second card base and cut the rainbows off. The measurements would end up at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Then take both of those and cut in half at 2 3/4…

  • Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    5/19 Tuesday Edition

    Ohhh so much fun this week… and we knocked off 3 more stamp sets off the list… Did you miss the Facebook Live?? We missed you! But you can check out the replay. Be sure to share so others can see how we set up the Stamparatus for the card on the left! phew Using the same two stamp sets: Crackle Paint (148752 – retiring) Perennial Birthday (145760 – retiring) Love that the Crackle Paint stamp can be used for a masculine or a more feminine card! Add in a few flowers, some ribbon and Happiness Blooms Enamal Dots (148805 – retiring). The 1″ circle punch (119868 – retiring) was…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    This, That and a Pumpkin

    Ohh, I am very happy to say… that SU heard the demonstrators and customers pleas to not retire this Pierce Mat. It is currently out of stock, however it will be available very soon!! Why would you need this?? The photopolymer stamps sometimes need a little extra pressure. And this is my go to for that amazing crisp full image! Do you believe that this is round four already?? geezz, I sure miss our classes, in person. Maybe soon! but until then let us keep stamping and spreading sunshine to those we love and maybe even those we just like a little… just kidding. I just got my May paper…

  • Retiring

    A Look back..

    Here is a retiring stamp feature… Beautiful Day. Want to take a peak back at the post… Link. This “watercolor” technique and Birthday cards were so fun to create. Thank you again Korine for letting me use your stamp set!! Retiring… Love What you Do! Ohh, I am sniffling just a bit over this one. I can promise that this one will NOT be in the BOGO sale next month! This “tag” has been issued to a few business owner friends as a “Free Class Pass” and will be honored once again once thing get back to “normal”. Check the original post here. Retiring… Hand Letter Prose and Pocket dies.…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Chickens, gardens, trees, more garden, fire pits and water.

    Well, let me start by saying Joe came home from midnights on Wednesday morning full of energy. Determined not to waste a beautiful sunny day. Off to the races he began. Starting with the chicken coop. What am I talking about, well, lets just say that all the “fertilizer” was creating an issue with drainage. And doing it by hand with a shovel was just too big for either or both of us. Off came the side of the pen enclosure, in came the tractor. Now, there is a nice pile of “fertilizer” to spread around the trees. The small area is left, but the rain needs to quit to…

  • Coffee and Cards

    5/16 Coffee and Cards

    OHHH, what a ride we had for Coffee and Cards yesterday? Yikes!! Due to some technical difficulties I am going to try and do a YouTube video on that last card. I am sooo very sorry. FYI, it was not my internet, it was not your internet either. It was FB and I sure hope it does not continue. Fingers Crossed! ANYWAY!! How cute are all three of these cards!! Love it!! When I do the video I will share all the measurements and that… it will be early next week!! This fun “cap” fold is one we have done before, and is perfect for this time of year. Even…

  • Fairs / Events,  Hamscher Homestead

    Crunch Crunch….

    Joe is home AND…. Ohhh YES!! He made the first batch of caramel popcorn… Sorry but my fingers are just toooo sticky!! Crunch Crunch CRUNCH!! Guys he is home for the next 9 days… hummm, do you think we will be getting into trouble?? I can pretty much guarantee it! Check back on Monday to see what has been going on here. Well, besides pop corn eating!! Ohhh, one more thing! Are you on Facebook?? If you are you will want to head over and see what is going on in the… This is an invite only event!! And if you are half as much of a shopper as I…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags

    Crafty Thursday

    With the impending warm weather… How would you like a Popsicle?? Yes please!! These cute little things hold all types of goodies! What would you like to find inside?? I would love to share how this was made… Click here to go the Facebook live! No worries, it will be added to YouTube soon! Do you get notified when I add new videos?? If you do not… be sure to subscribe and hit the bell too!! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Birds, frost and more birds

    Darn bird decided to make a nest in the broken soffit above the nesting boxes of the chicken coop. There are now babies in this nest. I have not tired to take a picture, it has just been too cold. Sorry! I am sooo bummed!! My Magnolia was getting ready to POP open, but this darn frost… killed them all! Ohhh, I am soo bummed. The bush was just loaded with flower buds. However, there is always next year. Here is another update on the Clematis, soo much more growth this last week! WoooooHooooo, at this point I am saying that we are safe! I took a chance moving this,…

  • Technique

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom! I do not know how many of you know, but my mom is an artist. Serious, I have paintings of hers in my house. AMAZING!! She has done several mixed media, sculptures and others. I bet you are guessing that is where my “art-ability” comes from? I hate to admit, out loud, it took me over 30 years to find it! So you can see why, just a “simple” card for my mom… will NOT do! Let’s start with the pieces… Using several punches for this card. The small bloom punch from the 2020 Annual Catalog. However at the moment I do not have…

  • sneak peek,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Quarin-tini ??

    It has been a fun day of cutting here. I purchased my Covid-19 Giveback and have been having fun cutting out all the different sentiments. Even did a little bit of coloring for the Quaran-tini. How about using some of the retiring and clearance rack items… Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes – 149610 Gift of Fall Add-on – 152885 No need to worry you get the perfect sized envelopes to go with your cards for both of the above. Between the two you get 44 cards… I am pretty sure that I have enough sentiments cut out?? What do you think?? No worries, right, because I can print up any…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    Coming and Going Catalogs

    With only 20 ish days left to get at those retiring items. Please, be sure to check your wish lists… so you will not go without. The above photo is the link to my store. Please use the Host Code : Q6GMEPM There are several items discounted including the “kit” that is on the Part Three of the Ding Dong Ditch. Regular price for Seriously the Best is $30 marked down to $18, which is why I picked it. Perfect for this time of year… birds, Congrats and Hello!! Here is the cover of the upcoming catalog. I know you want to get yours! If you have placed a $50…

  • Coffee and Cards

    Thankful for Floral Essence

    From Saturday’s live … Remember the “sample” to be sure that I liked the colors together, well you know I would not let that go to waste!! But this post is about YOU!! I want to say how Thankful and Blessed I am to have all of you as customers, but more so as friends!! Getting through all this craziness has been easier because of all the support and love you have given me!! I know that this has been tough on all of us!! Some maybe more then others, and we all have different situations. But know that I am here to inspire you … talk with you… and…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    What would you do??

    If you could pick some items from the NOT yet seen catalog?? This time of year is fun to be a demonstrator… Today was the VERY first day that I could order goodies from the new catalog. Ohhh the wish list that I have! What fun would you have picking from this?? Being able to see the items, and get a hold of them before most people. This is a super perk to being a demonstrator… and I will admit that being a stinker is SUPER fun too! A sneak peak here and there… just to get you wondering what is inside! Join my Team… And find out all the…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Simple Stamping,  Technique

    5/2 Coffee and Cards

    All of this from one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Whisper White Want to learn the steps that we took?? Check out the Coffee and Cards on YouTube! I shared how the reversible stamp idea started!! Yes, from the demonstrators!! WooooHooo! How much are you loving the paper we created?? WOW, I do love when and idea turns out even better!! Would you agree?? Here are the three we created for the live. Using Highland Heather, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede. However, I will say that adding the splatters to the one of the left might be my favorite of the three!…

  • Coloring

    Spring – Fable Friends

    Happy Spring! With the sun shining and all the rain we have gotten the last few days… The Ducks in the raincoats is PERFECT! I am also sorry to say that these little cuties are on the retiring list. sad! You can use either the watercolor pencils or your Stampin’ Blends to do your coloring, just be sure to use the correct ink. Not sure which is correct?? StazOn ink for watercolors Momento ink for Stampin’ blends I almost forgot to mention the Tailored Tag Punch. That is what I used so that you can see the Momma duck that is stamped on the inside. And no worries that one…

  • Happy Birthday

    Love and Butterflies

    When you craft on your Birthday…. You use all of your Favorite things… Right?? Can you name them all?? Woodland embossing folder Crumb Cake cardstock Highland Heather cardstock Purple Posy cardstock Burlap Ribbon (retiring) Gingham DSP (already gone**sorry**) Ink Daubers on the embossed image Glitter Enamel Dots (retiring) Love What You Do stamp set (retiring) Butterfly Beauty Dies You know there is more, but even I can only get so much on two cards. haha, Maybe I need to try harder?? What do you think?? Just a Reminder… That the items that are retiring are… While Supplies Last… so you know you do not want to hesitate. There are already…

  • Stampin Up News/Deals

    Making a Difference

    Have you heard of the downloadable PDF file FULL of “quarantine humor” sentiments and images? One payment of $12 and you can send some Paper Humor. The photo is the link so that you can get your download. Want to get a look at these fun sentiments, join me for Crafty Thursday. My Facebook live at 10:30 central time. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    What a Great Day!!

    It is a great way to start the day …. When you have a little, drop off flowers for your Birthday! It was just amazing. But the day started with a video chat from my nieces. Was able to get what I needed mostly for the garden too, Now to plant. YEAH! Hummm, what all do I need to plant?? Suggestions? Well, Off to relax and enjoy the last few hours of my birthday. Thank you everyone for the Cards and Birthday wishes. You have helped make a great birthday during this crazy time…. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    A big surprise package??

    Hummmm, what could it be?? Joe called me out of my “office” to talk about this box that got delivered. What the heck?? He told me that it was one of my birthday presents. Let me just say this thing was up to my waste. What the Heck?? We had been talking about a toaster the week before, but no way was it a toaster… NOPE!! I was really trying to think … hummm, What big thing has I suggested for him to get me?? hummmm.. I had nothin’. However there was a way… Open it, right? OHHHHH YEAH!! A new popcorn machine… Remember everyone, the old one. It quit…

  • Happy Birthday

    Bye Bye to Bonanza Buddies

    I have a young cousin that had a birthday earlier this month… And bears with bows seemed to be the ticket! This DSP…. Ohh sooo happy and bright. The Koala just makes you want to smile doesn’t it?? Are you seeing the little round of hearts?? I bet you recognize them… Those are hearts left over from valentines day, BUT perfect for confetti. Haha, I know I am evil! But at least I marked the back of the envie. Even added an extra Koala to that side! And you bet I put the WHOLE round inside the card. The Koala is CUTE, but…. It needed a few sparkling touches! The…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors,  Technique,  YouTube video

    4/25 Coffee and Cards

    We kicked off the Cake, Crafts and Coffee… it’s Jen’s Birthday this morning… I am just soo excited!! I am thankful for all that can join in the fun. We started off during Coffee and Cards. We using the Stamparatus to make these two step stamping cards! How much are you loving these colors?? From Lightest to darkest… Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover and Shaded Spruce. Remember I was talking about them on Thursday during our Pumpkin Whispers live. Reminder… Painted Harvest Stamp set AND Call Me Clover ink/cardstock are retiring. There are things that are sold out already… PLEASE do not wait! More…

  • Paper Pumpkin

    First Alternatives for Aprils Paper Pumpkin

    I think we knocked it outta the park on the first of the alternatives, thank you ladies for joining me on Thursday. I sure hope you had as much fun as I did!! This upcoming week will be fun because I will be able to share from the Paper Pumpkin Blog and more, much MORE!! Silly me, when I set up these, I had them backwards.. Above, left, is how the directions state. Right, is our alternatives from the Pumpkin Whispers..a Paper Club Live. Not a ton of changes but I am loving the changes we made. How about you?? Speaking of changes…. Have you noticed that they added color…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    More from 4/18 Coffee and Cards

    Here are the final two, plus a bonus. Have you stamped on your DSP?? To be honest it was kinda scary!! However it is always fun to try new things, right?? What did I have to lose?? Nothings, because I could have used the other side! Keeping with the Blueberry Bushel ink. I took a deep breath and… STAMPED!! What do you think?? I do have one more that I want to try from this DSP pack… check back for that!! BONUS How much do we love a bonus…. Oh yes please!! I had that one very nice piece and wanted to stamp some more of these beautiful flowers from…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Flowering Trees…More then one build going on…

    The top two are my magnolias… The one on the left is out front. The one on the right is out by the back forty. I am sorry, I thought the bottom left was a better picture, that is the plum tree… ohhh please hold off until it gets a weeee warmer! However, the bottom right is one of two Redbuds out front and they are about to BURST. Five brand new straw bales… ready for planting!! Joe was moving the BIG dump truck today, which means the garden edge needs to be tilled again. Good thing the discs are still on the tractor! hummmm I went to check on…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Spreading Sunshine

    Have you done a walk about in the yard yet?? I sure have and ohh sooo many changes from day to day. Have you noticed? Woke up this morning felt the sun on my face and decided it was going to be a day to be outside. So the Sunshine I will be spreading today is… the organic kind. The above photos were from this evening. The fruits of my labors…. It sure does not look intimidating, right?? That clump of stuff has been haunting me for two seasons. This spring was the time to move the Clematis. Not far, but that was what made it questionable. Did I really…

  • In-Colors,  Technique

    Grapefruit Grove…. with an alternative.

    Did you know… How nicely Grapefruit Grove paired with Terracotta Tile?? Here is your sample… What do you think?? The Grapefruit Grove is the layer cardstock AND the inside of the boots. YES, I am still having fun with the boots!! Still, sending to EVERYONE that I know I think??? hummm, because who could not use a bright and happy card like this? I sure could!! Let’s start spreading some more sunshine!! On the left, is the Shimmery Crystal Effects, yes you can still get it!! One the right is the Wink of Stella, a favorite for MANY!! Give a comment if you are on team wink?? If not, WHY??…

  • Paper Pumpkin,  Stamp Camp/class,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Clearance Rack Refresh and …

    There are some awesome deals available on the clearance rack!! Be sure to check your list … and check it twice, even. Did you hear yet?? The May Paper Pumpkin will have some of the new 2020-2022 In-Colors as a feature?? Ohhhh soo exciting!! You will want to be one of the first to get your hands on this kit!! Photo is the link to sign up and get your own kit!! And Friday, April 17, is the last day to sign up for round two…. Positive Thoughts and Birds?? How can you go wrong?? There is an option for EVER budget! Need more information please contact me! Hugs and…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  YouTube video

    4/14 Tuesday Editions of Coffee and Cards

    They almost did not all fit! Dang you guys had me working for it today, hahaha!! I know, I did it to myself, right?? That Pressed Petal DSP made quick work of it though didn’t it? All these beauties with one piece of 12 x 12. These were the ones that we made during the video, mixed up the colors a bit too. No waste either. Lots of scraps used too! Keeping several of the cards a little simpler, but that DSP does so much why would you add too much?? Yeah, you know that I did…. Ribbon!!! I do love me some ribbon… although this was mostly twine. Twine…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    More Spring found everyday…

    Have you noticed?? Mother Nature is still marching on … In her normal crazy fashion. Last year I decided to see if the irises will truly grow any where. Out by the street we have several old oak trees. One of those has a “hole” just at chest height. While “thinning” out a batch of these crazy tubers, I wanted to see if it would even be happy here. Apparently happy enough to sprout. But the big question will we get a flower?? The Red Delicious apple tree is getting ready to show off for the neighbors.. Thankful that this cooler weather came now before the flowers opened all the…