New Sale-a-Bration Items Added

The second release of Sale-a-Bration product is here and I can hardly wait to get them. They are available FREE with a qualifying purchase through March 31st along with the first released products.


Watch the Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Basket video below.

You can see all of the SAB items by clicking on the links to the right under catalogs.

A Hole in The Floor!

An update on the water leak …. I had two men here for over 4 hours from the plumbing company yesterday to locate and repair the pipe with the leak. It was a very interesting process to observe. It took about an hour to pinpoint the exact spot and I’m amazed they can even do this. With specialized equipment paired with actually down with ear to the floor they finally started jack hammering a hole in the tile floor and sure enough they had the right spot.

That tiny hole at the top of the pipe was losing about 2 gallons of water per minute. That water bill’s going to be high!

After replacing the bad pipe they poured cement into the hole and I had water back about an hour before our family birthday dinner. Next task is to pick out new flooring and have it put down.

Jason loved the card I made with the 46 candles. Said it was the best card he had ever received. Made this mother happy.

I’m trying to stay awake to watch the Olympics but with very little sleep last night worrying about an MRI this morning and then leaving for Orlando at 5:30 AM for it (and a xanax because I was anxious about it) I am one sleepy gal. I worried because when you have an MRI of your neck you cannot swallow. So my imagination went wild and I just knew I wouldn’t be able to swallow for 20-30 minutes and I would have saliva running out of my mouth. Ha! It was the easiest one ever. There were only 4 scans and I was allowed to swallow in between them. They ranged from 1 minute to 3-1/2 minutes. This should be a lesson to me to not worry until you know exactly what you’re facing. Ya, sure!

Hope you have had a great Valentine’s day, whether with a spouse, significant other, or even a family member or friend. My daughter drove me to Orlando this morning and spending time with her is always love filled.



Easy Access Storage & a Card

It seems like I am always reorganizing my stamping supplies. As you buy more things you run out of room or find better ways of storing things. I wanted to share one of my favorite items I use purchased from one of the craft stores. I have two identical units that sit on my stamp counter and they hold my blocks, markers, Blends, reinkers, pens and miscellaneous other items.

Each unit has an upper compartment with smaller spaces which are perfect for holding the markers and Blends. There are two drawers on the bottom. In one of the unit’s drawers I store my blocks and ink pens and in the other unit’s drawers I store all of my reinkers. The shelf in the middle holds extra ink pads including the In Colors pads. They don’t take up much room on the counter therefor these items are always very accessible.

So Saturday night I happened to hear the sound of water running but there was not any water on. It was coming from the main bathroom and sounded like it might be under the house. Of course it was late and the weekend so I went to bed and would think about it “tomorrow”. Sunday my daughter and son-in-law came over. By turning the main water shut-off valve to the house off we determined there was a leak so I filled the bathtubs with water for flushing and got bottled water for brushing teeth, hand washing, etc. Monday morning I called the plumbing company who came and confirmed there is a leak under the foundation. A leak detection specialist is coming Tuesday to “fix” it. Ugh! And in the midst of all of this we are having a family birthday celebration Tuesday night at my house. It should be memorable to say the least.

Jason is my youngest, turning 46. I had seen some of the cards being made with large numbers of candles and decided to do one for him with 46 candles. I chose the Picture Perfect Party DSP for his card because he LOVES donuts. I didn’t have any directions or measurements and just started putting cardstock together. Some of it should have gone the opposite direction but I was working with a bit of a painful neck issue I have and was just trying to get it done. So even though there are a few mistakes I know he will love it.

I even decorated the back panels of the fold out card:


Picture Perfect Birthday Party

You can never have too many birthday cards (or too many birthdays!) and the Picture Perfect Party suite in the Occasion’s catalog has everything for making fabulous birthday cards and party goodies.

Usually when I like a particular suite of products it begins with loving the stamp set but this time I fell in love with the Designer Series Paper with the photographic imagery on one side first. Those donuts look good enough to eat! After ordering the paper I knew I wanted the stamp set too. I was disappointed when, due to manufacturing issues, they had to discontinue the paper ribbon. Don’t overlook the adhesive backed sequins which are included in another suite of products because they work very well with the birthday products.

The stamped party blowers are done with 3 different stamps but because they are photopolymer they are so easy to line up. And very easy to cut out. I adhered one of them flat against the card the the other is popped up with a couple of the mini dimensionals. The sentiment on the front of the card is also popped up with dimensionals. When I made this card I actually grabbed RIch Razzleberry ink instead of Berry Burst which is the better match. However I think it goes ok but in the supply list below I entered Berry Burst.

Flying Home Baby Card

It is very rare that I need a baby card so I don’t usually purchase stamp sets specifically for that kind of card. So of course I need one now so I decided to use the adorable set Flying Home. The nest with the baby birds certainly can be adapted for new parents even if they aren’t having triplets. (smile)

I enjoy coloring and with the new Stampin’ Blends it is so easy to look like a pro. Some prefer starting with the lighter shade and then adding the darker one and others like going from dark to light. I have tried both ways and find either way works well. When I did the light Daffodil shading around the nest I used a circular motion instead of going back and forth.

The “hello” and the circle around it are from the Tabs for Everything stamp set. The scalloped circular punch is retired but it worked so well with this. The sentiment inside the card is from Baby Bear stamp set.

Do you see that little black spot on the bottom left of the card? I was just finished making this card and had black ink on my finger and got it on the card. Does that ever happen to you? Ugh!

A Little Christmas Left

I cleared out and packed away all of my Christmas things … except for the trees! I still have two tress up and decorated. I just haven’t found the combination of time and energy. And I still like looking at them. Maybe next week. (sigh)

But I wanted to share the pictures I took this morning of my poinsettia plant. I have one out front and have passed it so many times coming in and out that I didn’t pay much attention to it anymore. When I walked by this morning it was heavy with water drops from an earlier rain. It caught my attention because the raindrops just sparkled. It was beautiful and I was reminded to look at the ordinary to see the extraordinary.

Since I have been taking a few black and white photos lately I decided to get one of the poinsettia. I love the rich red color of the leaves in the photo above however I like the B&W too. Which one is your favorite?

Get ready. I hear we have another cold spell coming next week.

Sending Love & Hugs

I wanted to make a card for classes that could be used as a Valentine’s day card but also for other occasions so I chose the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage stamp set and paired it with the heart and love die cuts from Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and the Painted with Love DSP. That paper is gorgeous with all of the gold running through it. I added a strip  of gold foil behind the left side of the DSP.

This card could easily be used for so many different occasions. The sheet of the DSP that I used for this card has Calypso Coral and Powder Pink with the gold however other sheets have bolder colors (Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry). After making the card I saw another demonstrator’s post about finding tins at Target that matched this paper so off I went to Target to check it out.  They had 4, I bought 2, and then showed my class so those 2 may be gone by now. They say Recipe on the front but that can easily be covered with something that says Cards. The tin even has dividers which match the paper and tin.


What is Sale-a-Bration?

dates: Jan. 3 – March 31, 2018

  • Earn a free gift from the Sale-a-Bration rewards brochure with each $50 you spend. Spend $50, get one free level 1 product. Spend $100 get one free level 2 product, OR, they choose two level 1 items.
  • Earn an extra $25 in hostess benefits on any orders or parties over $250
  • Earn an extra 2 FREE Stamp Sets of your choice when you join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. That’s up to a $101 value added to your choice of $125 in products for just $99.

Here are peeks to some of just some of the items you can get FREE with a qualifying order.





Occasions and SAB Catalogs Live Today

Today’s the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs go live. Below you can see an overview of the Occasions catalog and other videos showcasing some of the product suites full of great ideas.  With the nasty weather out there today is a great time to kick back, watch some videos and see what’s new.







And here’s an overview of the new Sale-a-Bration catalog. Pick something from this catalog FREE with a qualifying $50 or $100 order. Check back later for additional videos from this catalog.


Stay warm and dry and thanks for stopping by




Make a Card, Send a Card

Be the reason someone smiles today. Make a card, send a card.

I don’t usually make New Years resolutions but I am going to make it my goal this year to send more cards. I have boxes and boxes of cards from class samples and I generally do send cards for holidays and birthdays but what about all those other days during the year? A card just to tell someone that you are thinking about them or “just because” can be sent anytime.

People stay in touch these days through internet, Facebook, Instagram, texting, etc. But there is nothing that compares to getting an actual card in the mail.

  1. It makes a difference. Seriously! This is one of the best and easiest ways of Spreading Joy!
  2. It can be enjoyed over and over again. Many will. Someone dealing with a chronic illness will keep the card close as it is an encouragement!
  3. It will bring YOU joy! Any time we are doing something for someone else, your heart is warmed by it.
  4. An amazing Ministry – You can have a ministry for others – especially to the sick, elderly and even the everyday, ordinary people that just need someone to care.  It’s a great way to minister to those in your world. Contact a nursing home or assisted living facility to see if there is someone who doesn’t get mail and send them cards.
  5. Sending cards is like sending Love and HUGS in the mail!
  6. Sending a card to someone reminds them that they matter, that they are important.
  7. Our mailboxes are so full of bills and junk mail. It’s always exciting to get an actual card.
  8. You can turn a normal day into an extraordinary day with one stamp. Priceless

Have a great day