Sky is the limit

Sky is the Limit

If you haven’t already heard, today the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog goes live! As if that isn’t exciting enough, it’s also the first day of Sale-a-Bration, the annual promotion where you can choose a FREE gift for every $50 you spend!

You can view both the Occasion and Sale-a-Bration catalogs by visiting my Stampin’ Up! website.

Also, starting today, you can join Stampin’ Up! and receive $155 worth of products of your choice for just $99! That’s an extra $30 in products! You will also get free shipping on your kit, which is a great savings, too. Stampin’ Up! welcomes business demonstrators and hobby demonstrators. To find out more about joining, click here: I would love more info! 

I’m happy to answer any questions about the new catalog, the SAB promotion or how to join Stampin’ Up! You can message me on this blog, on my Facebook page or by emailing me at

Happy shopping!


Today’s card was made with one of the Sale-a-Bration sets called Sky is the Limit. This set is already popular and is only available until Feb. 15, so you definitely want to put it at the front of your wish list!

Along with some retired Washi I had on hand, here’s what I used to make this card:

You warm my heart


Hello and Happy New Year!

While I’m not an avid resolution-maker, I do believe in setting intentions during different times during the year when I feel as if I need to refocus on what I want to accomplish. For this coming year, one of those intentions is to make more time for creativity, something that helps me relax and express myself, which are both so important for self care.

So, here I am, taking part in my FIRST challenge for 2016, even though it’s officially the LAST 2015 challenge for Pals Paper Arts.

PPA281 is a sketch challenge that looks like this:


I decided to switch it up by rotating the sketch 90 degrees clockwise for my entry.

To make my card, I used the Festive Fireplace stamp set and the Festive Fireside Framelits Dies, which are set to retire after TODAY. Even though this is a Christmas set, I wanted to show that it could be used for an everyday card, too, so you might want to snag this bundle up before it’s gone!

Here are a few things about this card:

  • The heart-shaped smoke coming from the fire is from the Sky is the Limit stamp set, which will be available as a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward set with a $50 purchase beginning tomorrow, Jan. 5.
  • The sentiment is from Sheltering Tree, a versatile set that is available in the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.
  • The black and white “screen” in the back of the fireplace was made with Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.
  • The cats are not watercolored, but are cut out (with the Framelit) from a sheet of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper that was covered in gray roses.
  • I wanted the cats to face each other, so I had to flip the DSP to cut out the cat on the right. I then tried to emulated the lines of the stamp as seen on the cat on the left.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this card has inspired you in some way. I also hope you are staying warm wherever you are.

If you’d like to place an order, please click on the magpie at the top right of this page to go directly to my Stampin’ Up! store. If you want more information about stamping, Stampin’ Up! products or how to become a demonstrator, you can contact me through my website or by emailing

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Price: $5.25

Price: $110.00

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at the Inking Royalty blog hop



Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop!

Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that share lots of Holiday Cheer. We are excited to share our projects and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop. After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


I love Advent. I do my best to stay out of the fray and find moments of peace in the busyness of the holiday rush and to focus on the reason for the season. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

That’s why for my project, I decided to use the Festive Flower Punch along with the Reason for the Season stamp set. I love the beautiful sentiments that remind us why we’re celebrating and wish peace to those we hold dear.


This isn’t the first time I’ve created a round card using the Festive Flower Punch. You can see the other one I created here. But, I just like the look of it on the shape, so decided to CASE myself in a couple of ways — first by creating another round card and second by using gold glitter paper with Very Vanilla card stock in my second project.

December 2

I ended up with a beautiful card and an embellishment perfect for brightening up a present.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky.

There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!

Wishing you all the joys of the season!


Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <~~ You are here!
  4. Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky
  5. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  6. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W
  7. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owler

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Grateful for you



Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop!

Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that share the gratefulness of the season. Whether you are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week or just feel reflective of the things that make you thankful, we are sure you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members.

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.



I thought long and hard about what project I would share today before realizing the answer was obvious.

If you have continued to visit my blog this year, even when it hasn’t been as active as others, then you are my crafting family of sorts. So, it just makes sense to share the card that I’m sending to my actual family.

For this card, I used the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I love this set because it can be colored in so many ways.

And, the sentiments are timeless, and perfect.

I paired my leaves with the Into the Woods DSP, and varied the card bases with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry card stock.

The Washi tape I used is from last year, so isn’t an exact match, but it turned out it to be close enough. At the time I ordered the DSP, I didn’t know I would use Washi on my card. I have learned the hard way that it’s better to have a complete suite of stamps and accessories than a mish-mash, so that will be my goal from now on.

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate all who take the time to visit this blog and those who leave comments, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,  Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery.

There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations 

Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky

Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping

Candy Ford at StampCandy

Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps

Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings

Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <—– You are here

Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

Julie DiMatteo at The Paper  Pixie

Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner

Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W


Fishing for a birthday card

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie
Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Sometimes, despite all efforts to build a well-rounded paper-crafting inventory, you just can’t find the right paper, image, sentiment or embellishment for a specific project.

This was my dilemma when I was trying to come up with a birthday card for a male family member. Nothing I had really spoke to me until I remembered an old book I had picked up at the library. The university where I work will take library books out of circulation every so often and offer them up for free. Mostly, I’ll pick out one or two to read, but in this case, I picked up an especially worn one thinking it would be great for book crafting.

The book, a classic fishing story called, “The Spawning Run,” had some interesting illustrations within its pages. Since the birthday guy is an avid fisherman, I thought of using a full-page illustration from the book as a background image.

My card base is Tip Top Taupe, my favorite among the newest In Colors.

I then found a passage that was interesting to me, and used my Spiral Border Punch to add interest to that. I also sponged the edges with Tip Top Taupe

A simple “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Happy Birthday, Everyone set, a touch of Linen Thread and a few Neutrals Candy Dots finished off the card.

The next time you can’t find the perfect background paper, take a look around your house. You never know what you might find!

Other than the book page, here’s what I used to make this card:

Doily darlings for any occasion

Work and life have been a little crazy lately, but I’m happy to be back on the blog. Thanks for not giving up on me!

Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been able to make a few cards, which I’ll share over the coming days. Here are a couple I made last night, one for a birthday and another to say, “thanks.”

Do you notice anything about the two? They both use the same layout, but with completely different looks.

For the birthday card, I went with a floral theme, using the English Garden DSP. For the “thank you” card, I used the Go Wild DSP for a more tailored look.

When you find a layout that works for you, there’s no reason not to replicate it in different ways. It’s easy to change things up with ribbon, DSP and embellishments, images and sentiments.

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Sending wishes to Mom for Freshly Made Sketches 203

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie
Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

September is a busy month for me birthday-wise. So when I saw Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 203, I was immediately inspired to make a birthday card using the clean and simple sketch.


This card is going to my mom, who is a fan of the taupe and black combination. She used to live in New Orleans, and her style still reflects that — classic with a little edge. This card expresses that with the juxtaposition of the slightly edgy animal-print background with a sweet doily then the embossed flower which sort of resembles fishnet stockings topped with a classic pearl.

Happy birthday to my lovely mom!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Sweet birthday for Global Design Project 001

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie | GDP001
Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie | GDP001

I love doing card challenges. They inspire me to think outside the box. They jump start my creativity when I’m not feeling very creative. And, they give me the chance to see how other people interpret the colors/sketch/whatever the design teams throw out there.

So, of course I was excited to hear about Global Design Project, a new challenge which features many of my favorite designers from around the world, including my upline, Brian King.

The inaugural challenge is a sweet color (colour) challenge:


I needed a birthday card, so I reached for Sprinkles of Life, the Stampin’ Up! set that benefits The Ronald McDonald House. Because I didn’t have any DSP with all of these colors, I made my own by using my Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the hearts from a sheet of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.

I had a hard time deciding whether to use the ice cream cone, the cupcake or the flower basket for my image. As you can see, the flower basket won out, mainly because I hadn’t yet used it, although I think this card would have worked with any of them.

The label with the words “Happy Birthday” is punched using the Bow Builder Punch, and finished off with Smoky Slate Candy Dots from the Neutrals pack.

This card is on its way to my cousin, who will be celebrating the last year of her 40’s this month. Time has flown since the days we spent hours playing Barbies at my grandmother’s house during our summer breaks!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Reason for the Season for InKing Royalty Blog Hop

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop. Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog is just around the corner (It’s live on September 1!) and this amazing book is filled to the brim with incredible bundles at discounted prices. Who doesn’t love to save with bundles?!? Today we are Bundled Up for the Holidays as we celebrate these amazing stamp set bundles from the Holiday Catalog. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I know it seems like I tend to do round cards for blog hops. It’s not something I usually plan out in advance, but from the moment I saw the Festive Flower Builder Punch in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I wanted to put a poinsettia on a round card. And, I was thrilled to see that the punch and coordinating stamp set, Reason for the Season, could be bundled. It was like Christmas came early! Not only are the images beautiful, the sentiments are timeless and can be used with my “Stamps of Christmas Past.”

Despite my love for deep red poinsettias, I decided to go for the gold with this card. To make it, I cut two Very Vanilla circles from the largest circle in the Circle Framelit Dies. I then cut a circle one size smaller in Gold Glimmer paper.

Making a circle card is easy. All I did was score one Very Vanilla circle base all the way across about an inch down. Next, I added Multipurpose Liquid Glue above the fold and adhered it to the other Very Vanilla circle. This created an easel back so the card can be opened without messing up the front.

Once the card base was finished, I glued the glimmer paper to the front and set about making my flower. (The number of punches you need to make will depend on how many petals you want.) I decided to cut mine out in Very Vanilla, then stamped the veins with gold ink. I used the same ink to sponge the edges. To give the petals some dimension, I scored them in the center using my Stampin’ Trimmer. I put my flower together using glue dots, but I imagine other adhesive would work well, too.

I decided to forgo leaves, and instead focus on keeping everything gold. I added more interest with Gold Cording between the poinsettia and the glimmer paper. To finish off the flower, I punched the center in glimmer paper and topped it with a gold sequin from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

I chose the sentiment, “Peace be with You,” because it’s one of my favorite messages. We can all use more peace in our lives. Because I didn’t have the Gold Emboss Powder (now on my future order list!), I embossed my gold ink with clear emboss powder instead.  

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group, and you don’t want to miss it!

Grateful for you for PPA 259

Denise Hoepfner |
Denise Hoepfner |

I love color challenges, so when I saw this week’s PPA Challenge, I was excited to give it a whirl.

Here’s the challenge:


Starting off, I was sure I was going to use my Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon Framelits Dies.

Things changed, though, when I picked up my Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper (on sale this week!) and started inking it with Pacific Point.

I was having so much fun using my sponge daubers for the first time, I decided to keep inking, using all three colors.

Of course, my first thought was that it looked patriotic. With these colors, how could it not? Instead of trying to fight it, I continued the theme since I had the idea of sending it to a politician whom I feel has been a real friend to the people.

Yeah, there are a few good ones out there. 😀

The sentiment is from Merry Everything, but instead of cutting it into a tag, I used a circle shape to mimic the polka dots. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the white circle and the star.

Here’s what I used to make the card: