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

Happy 2018!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. I rarely do anything on New Year’s Eve and am often asleep at midnight. But this year with my son and his family here from Kentucky we decided to have a family party with some good food and games.

You know I do CD calendars every year so January is the best way to start the year on my blog.

I made and gave away 20 calendars this year for Christmas gifts.  I carefully labeled each one with a post-it note and then realized I didn’t have one for myself!  So I made 2 more and gave another one away. If you’re going to make 1 you might as well make 2.


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Stamping on Candles

I had never tried stamping on candles until a few weeks ago. I decided to give it a try and made some Christmas gifts. My first candle was a bit of a disaster but then I got the hang of it.

I made the snowflake base using a retired die and cut one in navy card stock and another using the white glimmer paper. I’ll get to the candle directions in a bit.

Because I was making these for gifts I stamped bags and tissue to match.

I stamped on a piece of white cardstock cut the same size as the bag and then attached it to the bag.

To stamp a candle you need white tissue paper and a heat tool.

  • Stamp design on tissue paper.
  • Cut as much of the excess tissue paper off as you can.
  • Place tissue paper on candle and wrap tightly with wax paper keeping what excess wax paper there is to the back using that to hold on to.


  • Use a heat tool on low setting to heat the design being careful not to use too much heat. Heat until you see the design get glossy.
  • Gently peel off the wax paper. If you can still see the outline of the tissue paper heat a little more.

Have a safe and happy New Years Eve

Christmas Family Fun

I wish I had a new card to post but I haven’t had time to do any stamping due to Christmas and family visiting here from Kentucky. So I will share some family photos.

Our plan was to go to Universal on Tuesday. We got there a half hour after it opened, paid $30 for prime parking, and got in line for tickets only to find out that the park was already so packed that without paying extra for the express pass the lines would be 3-4 hours long for the popular attractions. We weren’t going to pay all that money just to stand in lines so we switched gears and went to Disney Springs. There is the best new attraction there which is a hyper-reality Star Wars experience. Similar to virtual reality. We wore helmets and a backpack with a battery and were turned into Storm Troopers! It was SO MUCH FUN! If you live locally you really should go do this. It’s about $30.

 New shirts!

I gave the girls each one of my samplers from last year.

Today we had to go to Melbourne so stopped at Grill’s for a late lunch and then on the way home stopped off at the beach. It was a bit chilly with the temperature at 49 degrees but that didn’t stop Anderson and Sofia from getting their feet wet.


This was just perfect after a chilly afternoon.

I do have several new stamp sets from the Occasions catalog including some of the Sale-a-bration stamps so I am anxious to start playing with them. Soon …

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Merry Christmas!

It’s about 2:30 AM Christmas morning and I am wide awake after a few hours sleep. From the time I was a little girl I have always been excited on Christmas  morning. Nothing has changed. And even though the family isn’t coming over until later, here I am awake and excited. Maybe I heard Santa on the roof. (smile)

I made and sent out several different Christmas cards this year but my absolute favorite was using the set Christmas in the Making. November and December are so full of stamp classes that I find myself exhausted with all of the time involved so when I made these cards, not for any class, but just for me, I truly had the best time. I have to keep one set for my own use so that I have a card I can send to friends who don’t come to any of my classes. This is the set I chose.

This card used some retired DSP which I coordinated with the dress by stamping the bottom part on the paper and then fussy cutting it out and layering over the stamped image.

I think the color combination on this card makes it look even more retro. She has Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on her collar, sleeves, and the top of her boots.

I used the new Stampin’ Blends to color with. I love them! Such an easy way to color. I outlined the images with the light Smokey Slate Blends marker to give depth to the stamped image. The framelit used on this card is retired however there are several others that would work or you could just cut the paper with straight sides like the one above.


Yesterday there were two Christmas services at the church I attend, St. Andrew Methodist. The morning service was a birthday party celebration with a nativity story for the children which ended with what looked like half of the congregation up front playing the parts of Mary, Joseph, wise men, angels, shepherds, sheep, and more. It was wonderfully told and great fun. And my friend, Donna, and I did the reading and lighting of the Advent candles. The evening service was a traditional candlelight service with lots of the old Christmas hymns.

Over the years I have acquired several Nativity sets, each with it’s own memories.

This is the one I grew up with which makes it about 75 years old. No, I’m not that old yet but I believe my parents got it before I was born. Many of the pieces are chipped and the stable is literally falling apart. I imagine that first stable where Jesus was born might have also been old and beaten down. Some of the figures have prices written in pencil on the bottom, most of them being about 15 cents.

This is the first Nativity I bought in 1966 making it 51 years old.

This Hummel Nativity belonged to my parents and sits on my mantel.

And a few more . . .

Jesus IS the reason we celebrate Christmas. My wish for you is a day filled with the love of family and friends and a very happy Christmas.

Merry Christmas,



White Glimmer Tree Christmas Card

This Christmas card is one from my classes using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies. I love the green and black color combination inspired from several projects in the Holiday Catalog. Stampin’ Up is so on trend. When I was in Target the other day I noticed a whole line of Christmas products from the new line by Chip and Joanna Gains (Fixer Upper, HGTV) in black and green.

I also fell in love with the Merry Music Specialty DSP and used it on a lot of cards and projects this season.

I used the thick white card stock for the base of the card and the regular white cardstock for the rest of the card. The thicker cardstock just gives a nicer finished card I think. I also used glue dots to adhere the black music paper to the strips of white glimmer paper on each side. I find it the easiest way to get things to stick to the glimmer paper.

And the inside: