Christmas and New Years

I hope you all have had wonderful Holidays. I have had Christmas with my sister, my brothers and their families.

There are three generations that gather on an off-day so everyone can deal with the multiple places they want or need to be to celebrate with extended family.

There are eight little ones (great-nieces and nephews) this year.


My sister and I don't buy for the nieces and nephews any longer except the one that is still in High School, that is Hanna. We are taking her on a shopping excursion soon. She can pick the clothes she likes and we get to spend time with her! It is a win-win!


I look forward to spending time with you as well in the new year, either in person or in our cyber world! Happy New Year!

Marelle's Rip and Flip Technique

Rip and flip technique

Oh man! Once I spotted this technique I knew my Christmas card worries were over! I was woefully behind on the hundreds of cards I needed to have mailed by mid December until I visited one of my favorite blogger's website - Marelle Taylor. She was showing a Christmas version of her Rip and Flip Technique. She had apparently shown the technique on her blog earlier in an all-occasions version but I somehow missed it. I think it is one of those you are given what you need when you need it situations. Check out the easy directions.

Joyful Season

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It is a joyful season when one can gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus! But, when we can't gather it is equally joyful to spend a few minutes to create a card that can be mailed across the miles to let that far away loved know how special they are to you! This beautiful cardinal card does just that! The two-step stamp creates the illusion that you have watercolored the cardinal but takes care of the job in a quick and easy stamp of ink! This card can extend past the Christmas season by using different greetings and making it a birthday or thinking of you card instead.

End of the Year Clearance Sale from Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Clearance Sale is here!

Save up to 60% OFF select products WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! 

Please keep this in mind:

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • Orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders. A single order of $150 or more will get you Stampin’ Rewards (that means FREE stuff that YOU get to pick!!) You will be prompted to select these when checking out.

Shop the Sale Now!

You can take advantage of the Weekly Deals at the same time. They start every Tuesday and run until the following Monday! This week the new Precision Cutting Plate is on sale!

Do you LOVE a really good deal? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get a 20% discount ON TOP of all sale prices!! You can even get sale items in your starter kit. Select up to $125 in products for only $99, plus shipping is FREE!! Learn more here: www.duchessofdesign/starterkit

I am excited that some of my favorite things are on sale…

Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder

BOUGHS & BERRIES Embossing Folder

This gorgeous embossing folder was used on this Christmas card I presented at a recent event. 

Also, there's still time to make some beautiful Christmas cards or winter occassions cards with the Joyful Season stamp set 

Remember these items are all AS SUPPLIES LAST! Don't miss out!

Swap Card 3

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This is the third Swap Card that I prepared to swap with other demonstrators for the Milwaukee OnStage Local convention. This is a classic layout in a simple color palette that gets all it's WOW from the layered punched embellishments.

Swap Card 2

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This was the second of three swap cards that I prepared for the Milwaukee OnStage Local convention. I saw a similar card on Pinterest done in non-Stampin' Up product. I also added some simple embellishments to dress the card up a little. This could easily be used as a sympathy card if needed.

Treat holder in a flash

Treat bags

This is the treat holder I put together for my car roomies to and from Milwaukee last weekend. Super simple, but oh so elegant! You might use for a bridal shower or ultra feminine birthday treat.