Special design

So last week (or was it longer?), I mentioned that I did a custom job for one of the referrals that I got.  I wanted to show you that project.


While this isn’t the finished product, this is pretty darn close.  This is a hot cocoa card.  The peppermint stick is stuck on the side and when you open it….


… there is a packet of hot cocoa on the inside!  Now, this card went viral with my referral ladies.  All three ordered some.  A grand total of 145 of them!!  WOW!!  I’ve been cutting a LOT of paper lately!!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)

I love sales!


Today starts a fantastic sale!  Time is of the essence!  You would be crazy to miss out!!  You can start your holiday shopping for yourself (or a loved one… LOL)! Visit my online store today (right now!!):  mamaschroeg.stampinup.net

There are 24 hours only to order some of my favorite MUST have products at amazing prices!!  Many Marvelous Markers, Stampin’ Trimmer and the Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored!!

If you click on the 50% off link, you will find amazing deals on stamp sets and accessories!!  You have got to look around!!  There’s a LOT of great stuff on sale!!

3D card?

I am really not sure what to call this project!  It’s a cross between a card and a 3D item.  I wanted to say that I am sorry I haven’t been posting much.  Preparing for a craft fair can be a LOT of work (what do I mean by can?  Ok… I mean it IS a lot of work).  I love it though!!  Anyway, I saw something on Pinterest and made it my own.  The reason why I say I made it my own is that I am VERY sure that the crafter that created her project didn’t use this tool to make it:


This is a sheet metal rivet gun.  It can create any size hole you want as it has a separate tool box with different hole punches and setters (for the rivets)!  Think of it like a Crop-A-Dile with a longer reach!  Where did I get this beauty?  My father-in-law gave this to me a long time ago.  He was a sheet metal mechanic.  I mentioned to him that I needed to punch holes (this must have been before Stampin’ Up! had their Crop-A-Dile) through layers of paper.  He hands me this rivet gun!  I must admit, I didn’t use it much since Stampin’ Up! came out with the Crop-A-Dile – a tool they no longer sell.  However, this particular project needs a LONGER reach.

Are you ready to see what I have been working on??  Have I chattered long enough??  *giggle* Ok ok… here it is!


I think this is a great gift for any coffee lover.  It serves two purposes.  Give them what they want – COFFEE!!  (Can you tell I am a coffee lover?) And send them some Christmas greetings!!

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Stampin’ For A Cure

Every year, we have a fantastic charity event.  We call it Stampin’ For A Cure.  This event has been happening for 7 years.  My upline sort of started this for us and we took the ball and ran with it.  This year we raised over $2000 for Susan G. Komen.  Unfortunately, this is way LOWER than past years.  We aren’t really sure if it’s because we changed the times of it or if it’s just been a bad year economically.  We are still proud of our achievement but a little disappointed it wasn’t more.

How the event works is simple.  EVERY single penny we raise goes to Susan G. Komen.  If you paid the $25 entrance fee, it went directly to Susan G.  We, as demonstrators, donate EVERYTHING – from the give-away baskets that two lucky people won – to the card supplies that you take home.  There are 6 projects that customers got to stamp and keep.  There is 1 card that customers could stamp to donate – it’s the thank you card that we send to the silent auction donators and the leftovers go to Susan G. Komen as well, so patients can use them.


Here’s the card I donated!  List of supplies:

One down, 29 to go.

Craft fair season can be a very long process.  I have been diligently working since what, late August, trying to get ready.  Here is a cute project that I didn’t design but CASE’d.  It’s super simple (except when you are making 30 of them to start).  A few punches, scrap paper, ribbon, and pretzel bags.  One thing I love about craft fairs is getting rid of a LOT of scrap paper!!  I also used some retired stamp sets, paper and punches.  Each scallop circle punch is covering a peppermint patty (sorry Lorinda, they are fresh!).  Word of caution:  The hardest part of this project is getting the mints into the bag!  They fit a little too perfectly and it’s a pain to get them in the bag!


List of supplies (each link opens a new window):

Retired Product used:  Punch Pals Stamp Set, Bashful Blue Paper (can easily substitute Soft Sky 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock), Bashful Blue 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Bashful Blue Ink Pad (you can easily substitute Soft Sky Ink Pad) and the small Tag Punch.


So, yesterday, I was inspired by My Paper Pumpkin’s card layout.  I wanted to do this card immediately but real life got in the way.  For some reason, I am on a cooking frenzy.  I made homemade banana bread, homemade fried chicken and I cooked Escarole and froze it (I make a yummy soup with it but had it this week.  I am afraid I won’t be able to find the escarole when I want the soup again).  Then, I started looking for something else to make.  I guess with Fall in the air, I am feeling the need to make “comfort foods.”

Anyway, this card was super simple to make.  I used Gingham Garden washi tape, Gingham Garden DSP, the Chevron Border Punch and Vintage Faceted Buttons!  Super Fun!


List of supplies (each link opens a new window):

September Scrap Class

This month, I focused on putting pockets/envelopes on scrapbook pages.  This page has a journal box hidden behind the main photograph.  While this page is a fall page, it expressed how I was feeling about my vacation this summer… THANKFUL!  It was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed Maine especially!  What a beautiful place!

Creating a pocket is a breeze.  Just put Sticky Strip around 3 sides of a photo mat or photograph.  Slide a journal box behind it (I made the journal box about an inch smaller and an inch longer than the photo mat).  Done!  To make the cut corners on the journal box tag, I used the Hexagon punch.


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