Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful for YOU and a HUGE Announcement!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! I have a special card for you today along with a HUGE announcement (wait for it....!) 

I wanted to create a card that shows how very GRATEFUL I am this year for all of YOU! It has been an incredible year and you all have blessed me with a job I love and the opportunity to work from home and be around more for my kids. I can't explain to you all just how much that means to me and my family. 

You all also made THIS happen for me this year!
I was extremely humbled and GRATEFUl to be #68 Globally in Stampin' Up. 
That also meant I was #34 in the USA!
Wow. Just WOW! And it's all because of YOU ALL! 
Thank you for the bottom of my heart. 

Now, let me tell you a little about this card. I created the cup free hand, no template. I embossed the watercolor paper with White Embossing Powder (Paisley Stamps) and did an ombre look using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze using an Aqua Painter. 
I made the "whip cream" with the Sweet Cupcake stamp embossed in White and then a very light wash of Crumb Cake. I flicked a little bit of Early Espresso on top to look like cinnamon or maybe chocolate? LOL! 
The background paper is Fancy Frost and I used the same colors and a Foam Brayer to create the ombre look there. 
Lastly, the sentiment s from The Paisleys and Posies set as well in Early Espresso. 

Now, on to my big surprise!!
I want to show you all how grateful I am for you so I decided to copy Ellen and do a 12 Days of Giveaways!!
Beginning December 1st, I will be giving away a prize a day for twelve days. And these prizes are BIG. Stamp Sets, Framelits and Project Life! (Some are pictured above.) Each day, I will post the prize here along with card samples using that product and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment!! Everyone is welcome to enter every day! I hope you all feel the love from me because I just can't thank you enough!!!

In the meantime, I will be on Vacation with my family for the next week. That means no new blog posts! I am going dark! Ha! ;-) Trying to be 100% present with them. But, when I come back on December 1st, it will be with my first giveaway! Make sure to check back every day!
Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!
See you in a week!

Online Extravaganza begins November 21!
Earn your free tutorials when you shop with me!
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It's BACK! This is everyone's favorite event and I've made it even better this time! For my local customers, I have rented a hall so we can accommodate more people comfortable! For my long distance customers, I am offering this as an online (Facebook) event! I am so excited and I hope you will join me!Details for both the live and On Line event can be found here. 

If you missed out on August, September or October, they are available in my store here.
If you spent $50 with me (SU product) between September 22 and today, you should have earned these for free. If I did not automatically send it to you, PLEASE email me and tell me! I want you to get this benefit!! I have had some slip through the cracks, so please don't hesitate to contact me!

The Tutorial Bundles are based on CURRENT products in the Stampin' Up!® catalogs and will have both Metric and Imperial (inches) measurements so that everyone around the world can use these wonderful EXCLUSIVE tutorials.

You have several ways of receiving these tutorial bundles:

1. Order $50 from my online store between November 20- December 21, get the PDF for FREE.  

2. Purchase the PDF for $15. Find the "add to Cart" button below. 

3. Join or belong to my team The Sweet StampedeThey always get them for FREE! 

Purchase just the November Tutorial Bundle here for $15 
I hope you are excited about this as I am!! 

Holiday Retreat 2016 Tutorial Planner
My Holiday Retreat is one not to be missed! But, if you can't make it, you can reccreate it at home! Included are step by step tutorials for four make and takes, including a gift tag box, a treat box, a card and an ornament  All four make and takes feature the Warmth & Cheer DSP and the Holly Jolly Layers Hostess Stamp set. It also includes directions for the five "pillow gifts" I hand out during the retreat:  a wine/champagne bottle tag, a cookie box, and candy treat containor, a mini jingle bell tube and a box of cookies (recipe included!) 

Check out my complete class calendar here! 



  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Erica. And, congratulations on your accomplishments. As an avid coffee drinker, I really like your card. Thanks for the details to create it! Looking forward to your generous 12 day giveaway!

  2. Oh my Goodness! We are the ones that should be thank YOU!

  3. #34? You should be number one! You are so talented. ����

  4. Congratulations Erica! You have had an incredible year. I love your creativity and enthusiasm. BLESSED to know you!!! Have a wonderful vacation!!!

  5. Congrats Erica! You deserve the honor and are an inspiration to so many of us demos and customers! Love the coffee card - especially the whipped cream :) enjoy your vacation and being unplugged! So important!

  6. Cannot function without my I am loving your card! TFS and enjoy family time

  7. I just got a check for $500.

    Sometimes people don't believe me when I tell them about how much you can make by taking paid surveys at home...

    So I show them a video of myself actually getting paid $500 for taking paid surveys to set the record straight.