Baby Bear Love

This adorable bear is just stinkin' cute! I don't tend to lean towards the cutesy stamp sets but this little guy stole my heart.

Baby Bear

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

Baby Bear inside

The stamp set is called Baby Bear. It is a photopolymer 2-step set meaning that images are designed to stamp on top of each other creating an image with some shading and dimension. The bear is done with 3 stamps and the bow with 2 stamps.  Since I don't know anyone having a baby or gettng married I just used the "love you" stamp along with the heart embossing folder for my card. I have lots of people I love. heart

Baby Bear Stamp SetBaby Bear        #141859         $26.00

Card Details

Stamps: Baby Bear

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, White, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Misc: Happy Heart Embossing Folder, Sponge, Retired Punches for Hearts and Tag


more stampsThere are only 8 days left to take advantage of the special offer when you join the Stampin' Up family of demonstrators. In addition to getting to select $125 of any product of your choice for just $99 you get to choose any two stamp sets absolutely FREE. That's an added value of up to $104 depending on which sets you select.  Makes sense. Spend $99 plus tax (the shipping is even FREE) and you get to pick out up to $229 in products. That's a lot of FREE stuff. And with this new and inspiring catalog I imagine your wish list is just like mine, very long! Want more information, contact me and we can chat.


Let’s Go Fly a Kite

two kites

When I made this card I immediately though of the song "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins. I actually had never seen the movie and then last year went to see the play. My son had given my daughter and I tickets for Christmas and wrapped up an umbrella and a bag of sugar with a large cooking spoon as gifts, telling us we had to guess what his real present was. We couldn't figure it out when we opened the umbrellas but as soon as I saw the sugar and spoon I knew. Even though I had never seen the show I sure knew the song "A Spoonful of Sugar …"

The stamp set Swirly Bird has become such a favorite of mine and when I first saw it I didn't even like it. I can't imagine that now. I am in love with it and have seen so many different card ideas online. The kite is done with two different stamps and because it is photopolymer it is so easy to line up and stamp the images. Even though there is a stamp for the kite string I did use a black fine point marker to make mine because I needed it to be longer than the stamp.

swirly bird#141749      $25.00           Coordinates with Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

Stamps:  Swirly Bird, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Black, White, In Color Designer Series Paper

Misc: Dimensionals, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Black fine point marker


I am saddened by the tragedy that took place in Orlando a few days ago. And sickened that someone can get access so easily to an assult weapon and so quickly take the lives of 49 people and injur as many more. Orlando is basically in my backyard, just 30 miles away. I go to Orlando often. To shop, to doctors, to eat, for entertainment.  This shouldn't happen. We shouldn't have to worry about these kind of things happening. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died and to those who survived, to the health care workers, and the law enforcement agencies. 





New Catalog Launch/Open House

Saturday was my annual Open House and New Catalog Launch Party. It is also a customer and downline appreciation event and retired stamp sale all rolled into one big party.  I work for several weeks getting ready for it and never seem to get all that I want done. And I never get enough photos. It just gets so busy once people start coming that I don't have time to take pictures. Next year I am going to have to try to assign that job to someone. smiley

open house mantleThere were these wrapped gifts and everyone got to pick one. There was Stampin' Up product in each package. The giant flowers were such fun. I found the directions with a great video by Erica Cerwin on her blog,

OH giant flowers

OH catalog goodie bagsEach guests received one of these new catalog goodie bags which contained a wish list, a bookmark with the new In Colors, a highlighter (I use this to mark what I own), Post It tabs to mark what they want, some chocolates wrapped with In Color DSP, and the cute sucker wrapped in a decorated holder made using the envelope punch board. I found video instructions for this also on Erica Cerwin's blog.

Oh New ProductOne table had a display of new products. This is such a great new catalog so, yes, I do want it all!


OH retired stampsThere were over 100 retired stamp sets for sale so that is where people head first. Here Pat, Evelyn, and Debi are picking out a few.

OH CarolCarol found a few sets too.


OH BettyI was fortunate to have friends and fellow demonstrators help me get the food set up. Thanks Betty and Terri!

OH Terri

OH Debi:SandraDebi and Sandra looking through the catalog.

OH CherylCheryl and Mike came with some great appetizers. Thanks Cheryl.

Open House Swirly BirdWhen I first saw the Swirly Bird Stamp Set I didn't really care for it. But after seeing so many great ideas I changed my mind quickly and CASED and stamped some sample cards. It has now become a favorite.

OH SBirdThis was one of today's Make and Take cards.


OH FlourishAnd the other Make and Take card using the new Detailed Floral Thinlit. Stampin' Up suggests using the Precision Plate for this intricate die however I found it works using the dryer sheet/wax paper sandwich.



Paper Pumpkin Just $5 – One Day Only



  • The price of the kit is $5
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only. Discount applies to one kit for June 2016. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95.
  • Offer starts on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.

If you have never tried Paper Pumpkin this is the perfect time to give it a try. Once signed up you will receive your surprise in a box every month. You can cancel at any time. There is no obligation to continue.

Signing up is easy. Go to and when asked for a demonstrator enter my name.


Wow! What a Deal!


Stampin' Up! has sweetened the deal for those who sign up during the month of June.

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Everyone who joins Stampin' Up! in June will get two FREE stamp sets in their Starter Kit.

That’s an added value of up to $104 USD depending on which stamps you choose!

It’s a pretty big deal since the new catalog is live with so many new stamps inside it.

Here's the details:

  • For $99 you choose:   Up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit.  That’s $26 in FREE product.  Choose TWO FREE stamp sets, ANY PRICE as a bonus for your starter kit.  June 1 – 30 only!  Products can be from any current catalog, including 10% off bundles. Free shipping: The kit ships to you FREE, for another 10% savings. You will also get Free business supplies including new catalogs to give to friends.
  • Fill your wish list at a minimum 20% discount:  Once you join, you can stock up and save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! paper, stamps, inks and tools PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and special promotions.
  • Be first!  Receive FREE catalogs and an opportunity to preview and purchase new products in advance.
  • No risk.  From the time you join through the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter you can “test drive” demonstrator discounts and benefits. Stampin’ Up! quarters are Jan. – March, April – June, July – Sept., Oct. – Dec.
  • No penalty to drop!  If you reach $300 in sales by the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter, you renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter. If you don’t reach $300 in sales, you can “drop” with no penalty.
  • DO IT JUST FOR YOU!  There’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, or sell products to others.

How do you sign up?

It's super easy. Just go to my Stampin' Up! website. You can click on my name below to get there. Then click on the link that says Join the Fun in the upper right hand side of the page.

If you have questions contact me.


New Catalog is Live!

happy danceYipee!  Doing the Happy Dance.

Today's the day the new catalog goes live. 

new catalog

Do you have your new catalog yet? Let me know if you don't have one.

funI will be having my annual Open House on June 11th at 1:00 PM. There will be projects using some of the new In Colors, stamp sets and Designer Series Papers, there will be lots of goodies and I will have my retired stamp sets for sale at ridiculously low prices. Plan on coming for a fun time.




Mom 2016 collage

My mother, Janet Walker, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 4th, just 3-1/2 weeks following the death of my sister. I am so thankful to have been able to stay with her following my sister's death. Mom was 94. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, Nana to 7 grandchildren and GrandNana to 7 great grandchildren. I am blessed beyond words to have been her daughter. She taught me how to be a woman, a mother and a friend by her example. Mom had a strong faith and loved the Lord. She is now reunited with my dad, my brother and my sister and that gives me tremendous comfort. She will be cremated and her ashes scattered on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC, the same spot where Dad, my brother and my sister's ashes have been scattered. Should anyone wish, contributions in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504. I thank them for the excellent care and support during the past two weeks. I also thank my amazing and loving family and my friends who kept us lifted in thoughts and prayers and even care packages. You have kept me going with your love and friendship.

Baby Bear Sneak Peek

How cute is this little Baby Bear!  It's  3-step stamping so the samples below are shown along with the 3 colors of ink used to create him . . . or her. If you've been a Stampin' Up customer for awhile you might remember the stamp set called Button Bear. Will this be on your wish list? 



Don't forget to get those retiring products be foer they run out. With each online order your name goes into the drawing for my $50 Shopping Spree from the new catalog.


And They’re Off . . .

My youngest son, Jason, flew up to Lexington for two days. He was able to visit both of his grandmothers and see aunts, uncles, and cousins that he had not seen for awhile.  We went to the races today before he flew out along with my other son, Jeff, and his wife Becky. I love the horse races and have always tried to visit Lexington in April and October when they are racing. This was Jasons first hourse race. It was also nice to be able to get away for a few hours as my time is now spent caring for Mom.







Here is another Sneak Peek I saw on the blog of fellow demonstrator LeeAnn Greff. It's the new In Colors that will be out in the upcoming catalog. Thought you might like to see them. Aren't they just yummy!



New Catalog Sneak Peek


I don't have my own copy yet of the new catalog but I have been able to see it online through our demosntrator website and have been able to watch some videos from the recent On Stage Convention in Salt Lake City. Let me just say it is filled with some pretty wonderful new products. I thought I should give you just a hint of what's in store.

foxOne of my favorites is a stamp set and coordinating punch that was used to make this adorable card. It is on my "gotta have"  list for sure. And just look at all of the cute animals you can make besides the fox.


From cute to elegant . . .

floral die

This is one of the new floral Big Shot dies.

Don't forget the chance to win a $50 shopping spree from the new catalog. All you have to do is place an online order by May 31 and your name will be entered into my drawing. Wouldn't you love to be able to pick out some of the new products and get them for FREE!  Click on my name at the bottom of this post to go to my online store. And remember if your order is less than $150 to use the  Hostess Code  J47FKVET .