Sue and Nick’s First Video together on 3D Shimmerz from Paper House Productions

I asked my grandson, Nick to help me make a video.

If you’ve followed my blog any at all you’ve most likely seen a picture or two of my grandsons.

To be totally honest…some of my most popular posts are projects that I did with my grandson Nick.

So…when I decided to make a video showing how fun the new 3D Shimmerz from Paper House

Productions are I thought who better than Nick to help me.  He’s a natural and really did a great job.

He probably didn’t even need me.  Prepare yourself for extreme cuteness.

(oh…and please excuse the crickets in the background)

Nick asked me tonight when we’re going to make another video.  You just never know.


*This video was sponsored by Paper House Productions.

Sue’s Holiday Workshop 2016


Sign ups are now open for the 8th annual Sue’s Holiday Workshop…

The workshop will be held Saturday, November 12th from 10 to 3.

It’s a great jump start into the Holiday Season. And… a good way to spend quality time with friends laughing and creating.

We will be making cards, tags, a Winter Window, wood slice ornament, Christmas Tree in a bottle necklace, gift bag and a more.

The price of the workshop is only $45 for the day and includes a hot lunch, yummy desert and every one wins a door-prize.

The workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, IL in my church’s large Family Life Center. Great lighting and plenty of space.

It’s going to be fun.

To sign up or for more information contact me at:

Boo Door Hanger and Autumn Wreath


The plan was to make the “Boo Door Hanger” and the “Autumn Wreath”

as two separate projects with two separate blog posts.

But… while I was working on decorating my front porch for Fall,

I tried them together and decided I liked it.

The “Boo Door Hanger” is a separate piece that I can remove after Halloween.


I assembled the wreath using a grapevine wreath, a couple of fall silk floral bouquets, ribbon and my

hot melt glue gun.  After cutting the stems apart from the bouquet, I played around with the

arrangement of the flowers and glued them in place.

A simple bow glued into place finished off the Autumn Wreath.

The entire project took less than a half hour.


The Boo Door Hanger was a little more involved…

I used Black Sign Tags that come with a White Wet Erase Marker from Deflecto Craft Solutions

and Halloween paper and stickers from Paper House Productions.


I applied the Halloween paper onto thin chipboard and cut out three die-cut frames.

I cut the sign tags just slightly bigger than the opening of the frame and adhered it to the back.


I drew in my letters using the white dry erase pen.

Make a mistake?  Just wipe the sign tag with a damp paper towel and start over.


I punched two holes in the top and bottom of the first two frames and the top only of the last frame.

I added a black eyelet to each hole and connected the frames with small garment pins.


I embellished each frame with Spooktacular 3D Stickers from Paper House Productions.


“This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Paper House Productions and Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.”

There’s no place like Home


You don’t need to be a huge Wizard of Oz fan…

to fall in love with this new paper collection from Paper House Productions.

But if you are, you’re in luck!


This sweet water colored collection from Michelle Coleman is beautifully done.


I fell in love with her red poppies.  (Who wouldn’t?)

And as the saying goes…“There’s No Place Like Home”.


Here’s what I used on my cards:


These projects were created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

The last time I cooked, hardly anyone got sick.

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For some people, cooking defines them.

I AM NOT that person.

Ask me to bring chips and soda to a potluck and I’m totally fine with that.

But… don’t let the apron fool you.

It’s not that I can’t cook.  I just don’t like too.

If I had a personal chef, I’d be one happy girl.

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So… If I’ve got to do it, I might as well have a little fun.  (and keep the expectations low)

This apron should do the job.

Red Ticking Apron

Want an apron like mine?

A while back, I asked the good folks at Canvas Corp Brands if they made an

apron with Red Ticking (they only had blue) and they made this apron special just for me.

Now… everyone can get a RED one.  (or BLUE if you’d like)  You can find yours here.

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The lovely lettering is Iron-on Embroidered Letters from Joy SA.

Look for them at your local Hobby Lobby and Michaels craft stores.


This project was created for the Creating with Joy Design Team.




Autumn Woods Pop-Up card and Fall Collage

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One of the best things about being on a design team is the opportunity to work with awesome

products.  When I got my last box of goodies from Paper House Productions I instantly fell in love

with the Autumn Woods Collection.

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The sweet water colored woodland animals are cute without being to cutesy.

I knew as soon as I saw them that they needed to be made into a pop-up card.

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  • I apply baby powder on the back of my stickers with a small paintbrush to remove the tackiness.  That way I can use my stickers like die-cuts.
  • On the front of the card:  I love adding dimension… so under the “Autumn is in the Air” and the “bunnies” I used 3-D foam mounting squares.
  • Add even more dimension to the inside of your pop up card by adding thin foam mounting squares to the stickers “tree” and  “autumn woods” and strategically placing them on the background.
  • I created a couple of pop-up steps for my forest friends.

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While cleaning up the Autumn Woods scraps laying on my desk, I decided to make a Fall Collage

using a rummage sale frame I picked up last month for next to nothing.

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All in all… I would have to say that the Autumn Woods Collection has to be my favorite Paper House

Productions collection so far.  (at least for the time being)


Here’s the list of the Paper House Products I used:


These projects were created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

Gel Press and the Colors of Autumn


The first time I watched a video of someone using a Gel Press I was completely intrigued.

The project they were making was artsy, colorful, very cool and it looked like so much fun.

When I got the chance to participate in the Designer Craft Connection monthly design challenge

and receive a Gel Press plate for “free”… I was more than excited.


Never heard of a Gel Press?    (Well…It’s just about the coolest thing.)

The Gel Press is a reusable Gel Printing Plate.

Gelatin printing is a form of mono-printing in which a gelatin slab is used as a printing plate to create a variety of images and backgrounds using acrylic paint.  Simple to use.  Ready for Printing.


Here’s how I created “The Colors of Autumn Print”…

Supplies Needed:



  • Remove clear protective film from your gel press.  Apply paint to the exposed Gel Plate.
  • Roll paint on as a thin layer with brayer.
  • Create design by pressing textured item into wet paint.
  • Lay paper onto painted surface.
  • Gently rub paper with hands to create a transfer image onto the paper.
  • I traced guidelines around the paper onto my scratch paper to make it easier to line up the second printing.
  • Pull paper away from printing plate to reveal your background.


  • I created a second background just like the first by using fall colors.
  • I placed 3 leaves into the paint.
  • I place a second piece of white paper over the gel press and pressed.  This removes most of the paint from the background.  Leaving the paint underneath the leaves.
  • Remove leaves from the gel press.  I masked the corners with a couple of additional leaves.
  • Lay the first blue background paper over the press.  Lining the paper up with the guidelines.
  • Gently rub paper with hands to create a transfer image onto the paper.
  • Pull paper away from printing plate to reveal your leaf prints.


  • Mat print and embellish with “the colors of autumn” chit chat sticker.


The “Colors of Autumn Print” was created for and sponsored by Gel Press.


Make sure to check out the video on the Gel Press site.


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