Holiday Catalog Favorite Accessories

I had posted my favorite new stamp sets awhile back but never did get to posting my favorite accessories so here they are:







I didn't list any of the framelits or punches because my favorite stamp sets had them in bundles at a discount. The embossing folders are beautiful and very popular, especially the Woodland folder. The red foil paper is so much more beautiful than what it looks like in the catalog and I had to have the Black Glimmer Paper because I love anything that sparkels or shines. So of course I love the Gold & White Glitter Ribbon too. And you can even use a marker on the back side of the white ribbon to change the color of it. The Fine Tip Glue is a "must have" because you get just a small amount, perfect for sequins and tiny die cuts. It has a needle in the cap that fits down into the applicator to keep it from getting clogged. Genious!  There is a trick to getting it lined up and back into the applicator and you can see that in the video below.

I think Stampin' Up has the best Designer Series Paper and when we were at convention in July we saw a video of the process in designing the paper. It's very interesting and you can see it below. 


September Paper Pumpkin Video & Reunion Photos

Who wouldn't love getting one of these cute Halloween treat bags from the September Paper Pumpkin kit?

You can learn more about Paper Pumpkin pre-paid subscriptions by going to my online store here.


I just got back a few days ago from my 50th high school reunion. I can hardly believe that much time has passed. Living in Storm Lake, Iowa was the best and going back for reunions and connecting with people who have been friends since elementary school just takes me right back to those good times growing up there. We schedule the reunion the same weekend as the high school homecoming so our activities began with riding in the parade. There was a long flatbed truck with most of the class but I rode with four of my friends in a '51 Studebaker convertible.

12042966_10203395654291423_135226254452454770_n12046599_10203395656131469_8469629002717403931_nGood friends, Jan, Lois, Sue and Mary.

This is the Methodist Church we attended and where my mother was the financial secretary. I had hoped to be able to go inside but it was locked up.

IMG_6577 My dad had such a beautiful voice and wherever we lived he always sang in church. He passed away 4 years ago. Singing in church was one of the things he loved most so it seemed appropriate to place some of his ashes there. I have done the same thing at the church in Kentucky and the church here in Titusville.


SL church

One of my very good friends from Storm Lake, Lois Sutton, designs jigsaw puzzles. I love doing puzzles and when I found out that she did them I had to order. Her puzzles are such fun and she brought one which we worked on in our cabin. You can see and order her puzzles on Amazon here or White Mountain Puzzles here.


This is the puzzle we did. It was so much fun. Thanks Lois for bringing it.

puzzleMy friend Steve Davenport had this great tie with ears of corn on it and wore it to a reunion about 20 years ago. I mentioned on Facebook before the reunion that I remembered it and how great I thought it was. He brought it with him and said it was just for me.  smiley Since it was a casual event he didn't keep it on long. Here we are with another good friend, Jan.


IMG_6623Lois and I had to get our photo with Ron after we discovered he was each of our "first kiss".

IMG_6620It was really special to have former teachers attend one of our dinners. We had one from 6th grade, two from junior high who married each other, and another teacher from high school. When I mentioned to Ms. Severs, on the right above, that I didn't have her for a teacher but she probably had my sister she said yes and immediately said her name. Still sharp as a tack! I didn't get a picture of Mr. Moody, the high school teacher and I never did have him in class since we moved to Kentucky in my sophomore year. But I did talk to him and mentioned he might remember my older brother which he did. I learned something from him I never knew. My brother and 3 of his friends started a singing group their Junior year of high school. Although he wasn't a music teacher they practiced some at Mr. Moody's house and when the boys were trying to decide what to call themselves Mr. Moody suggested "The Juniors". They were really quite good and sang often at different school functions and events.

IMG_6702Jane and I have been friends since we were about 5 years old. We lived next door to each other for a short time and our families vacationed together growing up. Since she spends a few months in Florida during the winter we get to connect almost every year.

IMG_6695My last morning in Storm Lake. So many good memories.



New Weekly Deals & High School Reunions

Here are the newest Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up:

wd22 I can see many uses for some of these products with Christmas just around the corner. The gold ribbon, glitter, the tag topper for making your own package tags and of course the star embossing folder and framelits. For those of you who want to know just how much time you have until Christmas click here.


I will be going soon to my second 50th high school reunion this year. How do you get two in one year? You go to two different high schools. We moved from Iowa to Kentucky right in the middle of my sophomore year. I'm still mad over that dumb decision. Not that Kentucky was bad, it wasn't and I had great friends, but who wants to move away from their friends (and boyfriend) during high school. Anyway, the high school in Kentucky where I actually graduated from had their 50th a few months ago. I had not attended any of those reunions but decided the 50th is a big deal so went and had a great time. Now the Iowa reunion is coming up and there will be 3 days filled with fun activities. I have attended several of the past reunions here because this is where I grew up and had strong childhood bonds.  I am going to be sharing a cabin with 5 other women. Kind of like one of our high school slumber parties don't ya' think?  This is my Senior picture which I had to take from my yearbook as I don't think I have another copy of it. As you can see, someone wrote a note over it. HS

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.


Stampin’ Up Specials

Here are the new Weekly Deals:



BCRF Graphic

To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stampin' UP! is going PINK . . . or at least our October Paper Pumpkin boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, Stampin' Up! will be making a donation on our subscribers behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Stampin' Up! will donate

$1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.
Together, we will make a difference!

Here's how you can help:

Subscribe! Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box and we'll donate $2 because you're new!
Stay active if you're a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.


2 Days Left to Get Paper Pumpkin 50% Off

Tomorrow, September 10th, is the last day to get Paper Pumpkin 50% off for the first two month. This special is for new subscribers only. It's a fun and easy way to stamp and craft beause everything you need is in the kit except adhesive. You get stamps and ink in each kit too so you have those to use over and over. You can cancel at any time or even put a months hold on a kit. If you are a subscriber you also have access to previous kits. Afraid you might not like what is in one of the kits? The internet is full of alternate and creative ideas. The subscription price is $19.95 per month plus tax. (shipping is free). So your first two months will be just under $10. To subscribe you just go to and don't forget to enter that halfoff code. There will also be a place to enter my name as your demonstrator.

One of the previous kits had all of the supplies to make these pinwheels:


This is what my friend Betty Herring did with her kit. Love it!

Pinwheel wreath

New Weekly Deals

Oh boy, the deals today are really great. Things I use all the time! The silver ribbon, the metallics sequins, silver glimmer paper, and pearls are perfect for those upcoming holiday cards and for adding a little bling. The tag topper punch will make Christmas tags a cinch and after Christmas, Valentine's Day is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Love the confetti heart border punch.

wd8There are also new items being added today to the Clearance Rack. You can check that out here.

Holiday Catalog Favorite Stamp Sets

As I mentioned before, there is so much to love in this wonderful Holiday Catalog so I tried to shorten my list to the stamp sets that I love the most. As it turned out every one of them has a matching framelit or punch that coordinates making it so much easier to make your cards or projects. I have both the individual stamp set and the bundle listed below. When you buy the bundle you save 15%.  Next post will have my favorite papers and accessories.


Holiday Catalog Live & New Weekly Deals

HolidayMiniToday's the day the new Holiday Catalog goes live!  It is 51 pages of fabulous new stamp sets and products. I believe it's my favorite one yet. It's going to be very hard to pick my favorite things but I will try to narrow the list down and post them later. If you don't have a catalog I have plenty. Just let me know.

These are this weeks special deals. I'm thrilled to see Rhinestones on sale. I love bliing and use them a lot and with Christmas coming I'm going to stock up on them. I also love the Candy Dots.


This Week’s Deals

These are the latest Weekly Deals – good only through next Monday, August 31st.


My son, Jason, works right on the Indian River and takes the most beautiful photos while at work. I used one of them on my Facebook page and thought I would share some of my favorites with you.





It's been pretty hot here in Florida lately but we have some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.


What’s New?


Holiday CatalogThe Holiday Catatlog, that's what! Some of you will be getting your very own copy in the mail and for those who do not I have plenty of catalogs so you'll be sure to get one. I tried to convince myself that I wouldn't order much from this catalog but that was before I actually saw it. I think this may be the best one yet. Needless to say, I have ordered lots of new stamp sets and paper and other products. You can't order from this catalog until September 1st, but once you get your copy you can start marking those things you just have to have.

I love using our Designer Series Paper on my cards. They are always beautiful with 12 different patterns in each package. And if you start with a piece of DSP everything else just comes easy and falls into place. You don't have to think about what colors to use or what colors go together. Just use the colors that are in the paper. And did you realize that on the back of every package those individual colors are always listed. No guessing. These are the papers that are in the Holiday Catalog:









Which paper's are your favorites?