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 .


Time to Say Goodbye . . .

Retiring Stamps

Ahh, retirement. We all look forward to it. We've been waiting to see Stampin' Up's Retiring List and it has just come out. I always check first thing to see if they retired Lovely As a Tree. It's my all time favorite stamp set and must be a favorite of a lot of other people too because it has not been retired yet. But there are some other favorites that will be going away. If you have a stamp set that you really like but have not bought yet you have until May 22 to order it with a guarantee of getting it. Accessories are only available while supplies last. Some of them run out very quickly.

I have a special deal for anyone who orders online between April 18th and May 31. For each order I will place that person's name into a drawing for a $50 shopping spree from the new catalog. If you are ordering online please use the Hostess Code  J47FKVET  when at order is $150 or less.

Click on the Farewell below to see the complete list of Retiring Products


You can also see them with images on my Stampin' Up website:





Saying Goodbye …

Retiring incolors

We all look forward to the new Stampin' Up catalog and the new In Colors. But to make room for new products we have to say goodbye to some of the current products. If you have any of these Retiring In Colors you want to be sure to get ink refills and card stock before it's gone. And when the retiring list comes out Tuesday these will be the first thing to sell out, often on that first day. Want to make sure you don't miss the boat it's always better to order BEFORE that list comes out. If you have any favorite stamp sets that you haven't yet purchased but think you want be sure to check the list Tuesday. Stamp sets don't sell quickly like the In Colors and Designer Series Papers do.

If you order anything online please use the Hostess Code J47FKVET when ordering if your order is LESS than $150.  You can order through my online store by clicking my name at the bottom of this post.


With great sadness I am sharing that my sister, Barbara, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 9th. We were so happy to have spent time together just three weeks ago. She raised a wonderful, loving son and was devoted to caring for our 94 year old mother in her home this past year. She had a passion for cooking which led to her Personal Chef business.

Barb Collage

Barb & I

My 94 year old mother lived with her this past year and is not in the best of health. We got Hospice care a few days ago for her. I am in KY and the way things look now I will continue to stay here to care for Mom. What this means for my stamping classes, workshops, and business is that I will continue to keep you informed of updates. I will have new catalogs for you and will make arrangements for you to get them as soon as they come the end of May so be watching emails for information about that. You can contine to order through my online store.

I have had so many of you reaching out with your kind thoughts and prayers and I want you to know how comforting it is. I am blessed to have a wonderful family and friends.


New Items Added to Clearance Rack

Stampin' Up has added new items to the Clearace Rack. Up to 60% off! There are some really great deals including some of the favorites from the Holiday catalog. Some of my favorites:

Black Glimmer Paper – Just $2.00!

To You and Yours Shaker Christmas Cards – Was $24, Now $9.60

Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (Fall themed) Now just $4.40

Winter Wonderland Designer Series Paper – Now just $5.20

Project Life Cards and Accessory Packs – 3 different themes at unbelievably low prices.

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This is just a few of the reduced items – to see them all go visit my online store by clicking my name below:


Last 2 Weeks of Weekly Deals


Stampin' Up has announced that this week and next week will be the last of the Weekly Deals. While these are going away there will be Specials from time to time and there are always great deals available on the Clearance Rack. Below are the Deals good this week, through next Monday, April 11th.





You can go to my online store by clicking below to order and be sure to check out the Clearance Rack too.


Lexington Trip

My daughter, Lynn Ann, and I went to Lexington last week to visit my mother and my son Jeff and his family. For this Florida gal the temps in the 30's and 40's were too cold and was even suppose to snow one day but didn't get quite cold enough. My mother is amazing at 94.

MOM, LA & ME Collage

We got there on Saturday just in time to go watch the UK basketball game with Jeff and my grandson, Anderson, at a local restaurant which was right across the street from the Opera House where my granddaughter, Sofia, was performing that night. My daughter-in-law, Becky, and Sofia were already at the Opera House but came over for a quick hello. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost the game. After that it was on to the dance performance.

JEFF Collage

Lexington in the Spring is one of my favorites.  Even though there was a cold spell that weekend Spring was in full bloom.  These Bradford pear trees were everywhere.

Bradford pear

There was also forcythia and daffodils blooming but I never could get a picture of them. It was either too cold or too cloudy out. I love forcythia but of course it won't grow in Florida so when I found some artificial sprays on clearance this week I got them and created my own little bit of Spring inside my house with some live tulips and hyacinth plants.

Spring flowers



Wishing you a Blesssed Easter



Paper Pumpkin Celebrates With Free Stamp Set


It’s Paper Pumpkin’s third birthday and Stampin’ Up! just shipped their ONEMILLIONTH kit! To celebrate, the April Paper Pumpkin kit will include a bonus photopolymer stamp set (valued at $17) called All about Everything. The images are being kept a secret, but Stampin’ Up! says we’ll love EVERYTHING about it!


If you are currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and have a kit scheduled to arrive in April, you will automatically get this free stamp set! 

If you ar not a current subscriber now is the perfect time by taking advantage of a Prepaid Subscription. You will not only get a bit of a price reduction but also will qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration item.

3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription (137859) $59.85 $55  Simply add the 3-month pre-paid subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order and you’ll instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.  If you redeem your Paper Pumpkin code and get started by April 10, you’ll get the FREE All About Everything bonus stamp set, too (included in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit)!


12-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription (137861) $215.40
Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save $24 on the 12 month pre-paid subscription, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for FOUR FREE Sale-A-Bration items!  If you redeem your Paper Pumpkin code and get started by April 10, you’ll get the FREE All About Everything bonus stamp set, too (included in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit)!

Here is a look at the March kit we just received:

There is so much inspiration for doing something a bit different with your Paper Pumpkin kit. Check out Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up on Pinterest or Paper Pumpkin Fan Club on Facebook.